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Premier League stars launch initiative to help NHS amid coronavirus crisis

Launched on Wednesday, #PlayersTogether will set about helping those fighting on the frontline of the UK outbreak and has partnered with the NHS Charities Together organization to identify key areas where funding is needed most. "This is a critical time for our country and for our NHS, and we are determined to help in any way that we can," read a statement shared by a host of Premier League players on social media. "The contributions that this initiative will generate will help NHSCT quickly grant funds to the front line to support in a number of ways, including to help enhance the well-being of NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by COVID-19 as well as helping them in their work supporting many other critical areas of need both now and in the longer term.The level of contributions to be made has yet to be revealed but the announcement comes amid growing pressure for players to play their part in the relief effort. Some — including UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock — had urged Premier League players to take pay cuts during the crisis. Hancock tweeted Wednesday that the "big-hearted decision" was "warmly" welcomed.READ: Qatar and Russia deny allegations of bribery surrounding World Cup bids

'Getting money to the right place'

The Premier League had previously said it planned to start a consultation exercise with top-flight players about a possible 30% pay cut.However, the new voluntary initiative will be "separate to any other club and league conversations, to help get much needed funds to those that need it right now," the players' statement said.Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, who has recently helped feed thoRead More – Source