Arsenal star Hector Bellerin has shown solidarity with the victims of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire by vowing to donate £50 for every minute he plays at the European Under 21 Championships to help support them.
The death toll caused by the tower block fire in the north Kensington currently stands at 30 with as many as 76 people still missing. The tragedy has moved thousands to donate money and items to help victims.
As revealed in a post on his Instagram account Bellerin has joined them and called on others to do so too. Posted alongside a picture featuring messages of goodwill to victims of the tragedy, Bellerin wrote: ‘For every minute I play in #U21EURO I’ll donate £50 to help Grenfell Tower victims. Please support in any way you can’.
Hector Bellerin has shown solidarity with the victims of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire
Alongside this picture on Instagram the Arsenal star, 22, wrote: ‘For every minute I play in #U21EURO I’ll donate £50 to help Grenfell Tower victims. Please support in any way you can’
The death toll caused by the tower block fire in the north Kensington currently stands at 30
The Spaniard, 22, included a link to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation’s donation page on theBigGive.org.
Bellerin is regular starter at full-back for Spain’s Under 21 side and just playing every minute of their group three games at the tournament in Poland would see his donation reach £13,500.
Spain won their opening game Macedonia 5-0. with Bellerin playing all 90 minutes to take his fundraising total to £4,500.
Should they progress to the semi-finals, with Bellerin again playing 90 minutes, that would see the donation reach £18,000. Progression into the final and another full game would see Bellerin’s contribution reach at least £22,500.
Given the generous nature of the pledge you would think Bellerin would include any extra time, so that figure could increase further.
Ryan Bertrand has pledged to help victims by working with the Rugby Portobello Trust
Southwark-born Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand, who came through the ranks at Chelsea, has pledged to help victims by working with the Rugby Portobello Trust to help those displaced by the fire.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Bertrand vowed to offer more than financial support to the victims.
Bertand wrote: ‘I went to Grenfell Tower yesterday [Friday]. I want to help, not just donate. I can’t think of all the answers but I can do what I feel is needed.
Raheem Sterling has made a ‘substantial donation’ to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire
‘Starting with rehousing the victims, and making sure they don’t leave the W11 post code. And remain on the emergency housing list.
‘Monday Iwill be around @RugbyPortobello [the Rugby Portobello Trust] putting this plan into action. From 10:30am until progress has been made.’
Bertrand and Bellerin follow fellow Premier League star Raheem Sterling in offering support to Grenfell Tower victims.
Manchester City winger Sterling, who grew up in North West London and began his football career at Queens Park Rangers, located just a mile from the Kensington estate, made a ‘substantial’ contribution according to a BBC report.