Manchester United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka spent the weekend packing 20,000 clinical PPE gloves into boxes to be shipped out to doctors in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Wan-Bissaka’s father is from Congo and the 22-year-old forked out around £10,000 for the personal protective equipment as part of his efforts to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The defender’s latest gesture of goodwill comes after he joined the #PlayersTogether initiative which has seen players donate money to the NHS Charities Together.
Speaking to The Sun, Wan-Bissaka said: “I’m fortunate. There are those who aren’t able to protect themselves as well or have access to certain things during this crisis.
“It’s been great to give back. I know it’s not easy out there for them so it’s only right for me to help.”
The idea for Wan-Bissaka to send the PPE to Kinshasa came from a friend of his father, Ambrose, who is a doctor.
Ambrose then asked for his son’s help and the £50m star forked out the cash to purchase the gloves and helped pack them up to be shipped to Congo.
Meanwhile, United announced a package of measures designed to support the NHS last week and outlined their plans in a statement.
“A fleet of Manchester United Foundation vehicles was dispatched on Wednesday to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS Manchester Foundation Trust Charity, with over 3,500 Manchester United gifts for NHS staff, including the unsung heroes of the hospital cleaning and backroom staff”, it read.