Welsh wing wizard, Gareth Bale will reportedly release almost £1 million to help support the battle against the deadly coronavirus in his hometown, Wales and base, Spain.
The Real Madrid Center forward who has been in lockdown with his wife, Emma and kids in Madrid the Spanish capital, made an initial donation of £500k to help NHS staff fighting the pandemic in Cardiff and will come through with an added €500k for the health service in Madrid.
The player released a video where he thanked staff of the NHS for their efforts amid the crisis after his kind gesture to the Cardiff and Vale Health University health board. The charitable act covers costs for patients and staff not covered by the NHS funding.
Interestingly, Bale was born in the same hospital 30 years ago.
In his words, “I just wanted to make this video to thank everybody in the NHS for all their hard work and sacrifice during this Covid-19 crisis.”. “The University Hospital in Wales holds a special place in my heart.
It is where I was born and it’s provided great support to my friends, my family and the wider community. So me and my family would like to show our support. Keep up the good work. You’re doing an amazing job and thank you very much”.
Reacting to the Bales’ magnanimous disposition, the chief executive at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Len Richards, said: It’s so heartening to hear they have chosen to give something back to their local hospital to say thank you for the services both them, their family and friends have received and to recognise all the hard work the staff and all at our hospitals are doing at this very difficult time.
“Gestures like this are testament to the fantastic work that our clinical and support colleagues carry out every day.” He concluded