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English Premier League (EPL) rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers also made a six-figure donation to support the National Health Service (NHS) in their battle against the pandemic.
Manchester United, in a statement on Thursday, said it would also accommodate further requests from the NHS for use of the facilities at their Old Trafford Stadium.
The stadium has been placed on a reserve list as a temporary blood donation centre.
“A fleet of 16 vehicles has been put on standby with volunteer drivers available to support NHS courier operations in the area.
“The club is encouraging its staff to volunteer for the NHS or in their local communities during the pandemic. Staff will continue to be paid in full if volunteer work takes place during working hours,” the club said.
The players are to also collaborate with players from other teams to set up a fund to raise money for NHS charities.
Meanwhile, Wolves’ donation to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will go towards buying essential equipment for new wards that are being built.
“This investment will make a huge difference to us and our patients.
“We are so grateful for all the support we have received from the community during this extremely difficult time,” its chairman, Professor Steve Field, said.
Wolves players have also separately donated to the collective fund started by players of England’s top-flight league.
“We know the club has been doing a lot of fantastic work to support the city since the outbreak.
“We felt we wanted to add to that as a team and show how grateful we are to the NHS for everything they do locally and nationally,” Wolves captain Conor Coady said.(Reuters/NAN)