Gary Lineker has donated two months’ salary to the British Red Cross to help fight coronavirus. The Match of the Day host has donated £140,000 to the British Red Cross emergency response team.
Lineker is helping to raise £1m so the British Red Cross can help the most vulnerable as the coronavirus pandemic causes havoc.
He tweeted: “Decided to donate a couple of months’ salary to @BritishRedCross who are doing vital work for those most vulnerable during the Coronavirus crisis.
“Feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do this. If you’d like to join in, it’d be greatly appreciated.”
Following Linker’s £140,000 donation, the total is now at £185,000.
Linker also posted a message on his JustGiving page, urging readers to follow suit and donate.
It read: “I’m donating £140,000 to the British Red Cross emergency response to the Coronavirus crisis in the UK.
“Join me to raise £1,000,000 so they can continue to reach the the most vulnerable, and ensure no-one falls through the gaps during this crisis.
“The British Red Cross has been working flat-out since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak to ensure those hardest-hit have the vital support they need.
“Whether it’s someone socially isolating who needs food or medication or a refugee now unable to feed their family.
“I’m particularly concerned about vulnerable people’s mental health in this emergency. This is a frightening time for many. The British Red Cross has trained staff and volunteers who are offering psychological support.
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“They are also making sure the most marginalised, including the homeless and refugees can get the essentials they need: medicines, food, emergency accommodation and cash grants.
“Please join me to help the British Red Cross ensure those who need help, get it. All donations will go towards supporting their response to Coronavirus in the UK.”
Lineker is well known for presenting Match of the Day on BBC every Saturday night.
However, there is no Premier League football until April 30 at the very earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The suspension is likely to be pushed back until the summer with everyone being urged to stay inside and follow Government guidelines.
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