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COVID-19: Stokes completes half marathon to raise funds for NHS

Last updated on: May 06, 2020 16:54 IST
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes completed the half marathon in an hour, 39 minutes and 40 seconds.

IMAGE: England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who completed the half marathon in an hour, 39 minutes and 40 seconds, took to Instagram requesting his followers to donate to the NHS. Photograph: Ben Stokes/Instagram

England star all-rounder Ben Stokes on Tuesday ran his first half marathon to raise funds for the National Health Services (NHS) Charities Together and national children's cricket charity Chance to Shine.

The 28-year-old all-rounder completed the run in the one hour 39 minutes and 41 seconds.

Stokes who has played 63 Test and 95 ODIs for England completed the marathon near his home and made an appeal to fans to donate towards the foundation.

"Please donate! That was so hard! it's all for a great cause: the NHS Charities Together and Chance to Shine foundation if you can please go and donate," said Stokes in a video posted on Instagram.

 

"Guys please check my story if you are able to help out and donate towards @NHSCharities and @Chance2Shine ..I've just competed a half marathon to support the 3 guys with their efforts to raise money who did a full marathon in their back gardens," wrote Stokes on Instagram.

The United Kingdom has Europe's highest death toll from the new coronavirus with more than 30,000 fatalities.

England, Scotland players donate funds to help NHS

England's national men's soccer team have made a "significant donation" to help National Health Service (NHS) workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy to report the highest death toll from the pandemic in Europe at 32,313, figures released on Tuesday showed.

The players said in a statement on the Football Association website that the donation would be made to the #PlayersTogether initiative set up to support the NHS.

"This contribution will be taken from a fund already set aside to support a variety of worthy causes using all match fees collated since September 2018," they said.

"... we stand united as England players behind the nation during this crisis and our collective prayers and thoughts remain with all those affected."

England's women players had made a collective donation to the fund last month.

Scotland's men's and women's internationals had also made a "substantial donation", the Scottish FA said in a statement https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/news/scotland-squads-unite-to-support-nhs-heroes/?rid=14258

"We have all been at home, taking the advice of medical advisers and watching the news that highlights the heroic efforts of our NHS," men's skipper Andy Robertson said.

"We have all been inspired by the selflessness of nurses, doctors and all healthcare workers on the frontline -- it only reinforces how vital the NHS is to our country and how we must cherish and protect this institution.

"Throughout the squad we have players with friends and family members involved in the NHS, so when the idea was floated around the WhatsApp group chat, it was a no-brainer and unanimously the right thing to do." 

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