Ex-Wolves skipper Danny Batth delivers hundreds of food parcels to Russells Hall Hospital
Former Wolves skipper Danny Batth has donated 300 parcels of food and toiletries to a Black Country hospital.
The 29-year-old, from Brierley Hill, hand-delivered the items to Russells Hall Hospital, in Dudley, which he paid for himself.
NHS staff were left overwhelmed by the heart-warming gesture which was done as a thanks for their heroic efforts on the frontline against coronavirus.
Batth, who spent 10 years at Wolves, said: "We saw on the news that doctors and nurses are struggling to get food after doing long shifts. We wanted to help and provide that for them.
"They obviously have had other donations but this was a big one for them to give them a boost at this time."
The initiative was delivered through Batth's charitable organisation FoundationDB, which has worked to help homeless people in the Black Country for a number of years.
He was able to source the items from a local supplier while CBS Packaging, based in West Bromwich, provided the parcels free of charge.
The parcels included pasta, bread, toilet rolls and cleaning products - which will go towards helping staff alongside patients.
Batth plans on doing follow-up visits to Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital and Royal Stoke University Hospital - the city where he now plays football - in the near future.
Watch Batth donating packages here:
His kind gesture came at a time when calls have been made for footballers to take pay cuts at clubs where non-playing staff have furloughed.
Asked about his thoughts on this, Batth said: "I don't think it is something players should be doing off their own backs.
"It is probably [happening] at clubs whose cash flow is not as great as they like. I know Tottenham and Newcastle [have put staff on furlough].
"I think in general it should be done on a club by club basis. It is down to the clubs to know what is best for their employees and players."
Anyone wishing to donate to FoundationDB should visit www.foundationdb.co.uk