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Former Wolves stars raising thousands for the NHS

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

A whole host of former Wolves players, managers and staff have added to the fundraising drive to support health workers who are tackling coronavirus in the city.

Mick McCarthy, John Richards, Karl Henry, Jez Moxey and Danny Batth

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, his players and backroom team have donated a six-figure sum to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, and another campaign is now active to further help with increasing the capacity at New Cross Hospital.

Former club captains Karl Henry and Danny Batth, previous bosses Mick McCarthy and Glenn Hoddle, and ex-chief executive Jez Moxey are among those to have pledged their support – and fans are being invited to join in, too.

More than £17,000 has been raised so far and Henry, who was born at New Cross and grew up in Ashmore Park, said: "The job NHS workers are doing at the moment is truly incredible, and the sacrifices they are making to keep us safe are nothing short of heroic.

“When I heard that New Cross Hospital needed to increase their capacity to fight the Covid-19 virus, I immediately wanted to help.

“I spent a lot of my childhood in and out of that hospital receiving Asthma treatment which was second to none, so like so many Wulfrunians, I have a lot to thank them for.

“As a proud Ambassador of the Wolves Foundation, I know Fosun and the club have already done so much to help people affected, and the current players have made a fantastic donation to this appeal already.

"We just wanted to contribute to that effort and offer an opportunity for former players, staff and fans to help.”

Carl Ikeme, John Richards, Matt Murray, Jody Craddock and Robbie Keane are also among the many former Wolves players involved, while others have made various donations through their own charities.

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The Wolves Former Players' Association, of which Richards is vice-chairman, have donated £5,000 and the club have been helping to organise this drive, in an all-round effort to help the NHS.

“It is so important that all aspects of the football club come together to help those who need it at such a difficult time, and this is another great idea to support those from the NHS who are on the front-line putting themselves at risk,” added Richards.

“So many of us who loved playing for Wolves ended up living in the local area at the end of our careers, and will have made use of services from the NHS.

“It is only right we now offer them the support and equipment they need to get this horrible virus under control.”

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Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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