Brentford players are among those that are supporting the Boot The Virus campaign, created by two football fans for football fans, to help the fantastic work of the NHS. Lifelong Preston North End supporter Kenny Marland and his partner Joanne Dalton have created the campaign to unite the football community across the UK in a bid to raise funds for the incredible NHS heroes. The initiative sees professional footballers donate a pair of signed matchday boots which will then be auctioned online with all of the funds raised going directly to the NHS.
Goalkeepers David Raya and Luke Daniels, defenders Henrik Dalsgaard, Ethan Pinnock and Mads Bech Sørensen, midfield player Jan Žambůrek and attackers Sergia Canós and Joel Valencia have donated so far. Their auctions can be seen here. They are set to raise almost £1,000 with their donations and fans can bid until the end of May to win a pair of the boots.
North End season ticket holder Kenny, who travels to every game home and away, is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment in his fourth battle against cancer. He said: “I have a personal affinity with the NHS heroes due to my vulnerable situation, I am frustrated at having to stay at home when I would rather be volunteering to help the wonderful people at the NHS. I know times are difficult right now, but the plan is for all donated items to go to an online auction via our website, giving fans the opportunity to own a piece of sporting memorabilia with 100 per cent of the monies raised going directly to the NHS. It helps the heroes in the NHS and brings some joy to football fans by owning such an item.”