Stoke City defender Danny Batth has donated 300 food parcels to NHS staff at the hospital where he was born.
And he hopes to invite donations from fans shortly so he can do the same for medics and nurses fighting coronavirus at the Royal Stoke Hospital.
Batth and his partner Natalie packaged the parcels themselves at home before distributing them to staff working at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley.
“The parcels of food essentials are going to 300 staff on the coronavirus ward at the hospital,” he said.
“These are key workers who are fighting on the front line for the rest of us.
“They have enough stress without worrying about getting essential food for themselves and their families, so I just felt I wanted to help.”
The former Wolves defender dug deep into his own pockets and was also grateful to food supplier MKG Foods of Birmingham, who normally supply catering, and to CBS Packaging in West Bromwich for the parcels.
His gesture comes as doctors and nurses begin to lose their own lives here and abroad after being exposed to fatal doses of coronavirus via patients.
“That is heartbreaking and it just shows the risks to us all,” said Batth.
“If something as simple as staying isolated at home is what the rest of us can do to help save lives, it’s a very small price to pay.
“NHS workers are the equivalent to our defence against this virus and so we owe it to them to do whatever we can to help.”
Batth, who has long given his time and money to various causes via his charity, FoundationDB, is setting up a `donate’ button on its website shortly so he can then use the public donations to purchase, package and deliver a second batch of essential food parcels to staff battling the coronavirus threat at the Royal Stoke Hospital.
His website www.foundationdb.co.uk has further information on its work.