Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale and his wife, Emma have donated £500,000 to the charitable arm of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, to help NHS staff in Wales, fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The donation was made to the official NHS charity of Cardiff and Vale Health Board which focuses on providing extra services for patients and staff that normal NHS funds don’t provide.
Bale said in a video posted online, “I just wanted to thank everybody in the NHS for all their hard work and sacrifice during the Covid-19 crisis, The University of Wales Hospital holds a special place in my heart. It is where I was born and it has provided great support to my family, friends and the wider community. Me and my family would like to show our support. Keep up the good work, you are doing an amazing job. Thank you very much.”
Aaron Ramsey also made several charity donations to the NHS in Wales and other charities. Other footballers world wide have also made several donations to hopitals and charity homes.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to Gareth, Emma and their family for this fantastic donation. It’s so heartening to hear they have chosen to give something back to their local hospital to say thank you for the services both them, their family and friends have received and to recognise all the hard work the staff and all at our hospitals are doing at this very difficult time. I would also like to say that gestures like this are testament to the fantastic work that our clinical and support colleagues carry out every day. Thank you so much.” Len Richards, Chief Executive at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said.