The Guardian: Footballers back nurses pay campaign

By Press Association
Published: Thursday 1 March 2007

A Premiership footballer has called on fellow players to join him in giving up a day’s pay for nurses.

West Ham United captain Nigel Reo-Coker is one of several soccer stars to have signed up to the Mayday for Nurses campaign and agreed to donate their wages for May 13 to help nurses.

The campaign’s founder, Noreena Hertz, said she was hoping to sign up all 556 Premiership players, as well as managers, commentators and others in the football community. Any money raised will go towards a hardship fund for nurses who get into financial difficulties in the first few years of their career.

The campaign is also calling on the government to raise nurses’ wages to bring them in line with comparable public-sector workers such as social workers and police officers.

Reo-Coker told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think it’s a tremendous cause. I would like to see footballers play the part that rock stars did with Live Aid. My mum was a nurse and I know how hard she had to work and I know how hard it is for nurses. For me, they are the real heroes in our society and this is a chance for us to make a difference.”

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