The Sun: Footie stars’ ₤750k for nurses

By Grant Rollings
Published: 14 May 2007

A NURSES’ hardship fund has raised £750,000 after some of the Premiership’s best-paid stars pitched in with a day’s pay.

Arsenal captain Thierry Henry, Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard and Man United winger Ryan Giggs are among players who contributed.

Top footballers can earn over £100,000 a week compared to an average nurse’s salary of £21,000.

But six months ago fundraiser Dr Noreena Hertz knew no one in the world of football.

Now she has recruited 239 players to the May Day For Nurses campaign. She came up with the idea after helping organise Live8.

Noreena, 38, said: “Every single Premiership club is now on board and almost half of the players are giving up their pay today.”

The cash raised will go into a Royal College of Nursing fund for nurses who need money for things such as childcare or transport to work.

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