Gareth Bale is donating over £1 million (9.5 Crore) to hospitals in Wales and Spain to help fight COVID-19. The Real Madrid forward has given £500,000 to a charity connected to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where he was born, to help patients and staff. The 30-year-old will be gifting a similar amount to healthcare services in Madrid
The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. board said in a statement: “Gareth and Emma have donated a whopping £500,000 to the Health Charity – a charity which focuses on providing those extras for staff and patients that normal NHS funding doesn’t provide.
“It was Gareth and Emma’s wishes that the Health Charity spend the money towards the response to COVID.
“They wanted to give something back to their local NHS as Gareth himself was born in the UHW (University Hospital of Wales) Maternity Unit, and they say UHW have provided many services to themselves and their family and friends.”
Bale said in a video message: “The University Hospital of Wales holds a special place in my heart. It is where I was born.
“Me and my family would like to show our support. Keep up the good work. You are doing an amazing job.”
Bale’s total donation of over £1m is a similar figure to those gifted by Lionel Messi — who contributed to hospitals in Barcelona and Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola in recent weeks.