TWO ESSEX NON-LEAGUE clubs are doing their bit to offer financial support amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mark Bentley, manager of BetVictor Isthmian League North Division outfit, Canvey Island, has confirmed that the players and coaching staff have donated a week’s wages to those working on the front line.
“The players are actually doing their bit – and staff,” Bentley explained in an interview with the clubs’ media channel.
“We are owed money from the end of the season and have decided to donate our week’s salary to the NHS.”
The former Southend United midfielder added: “We want to be seen doing our little bit, thinking of all those NHS people out there putting their lives at risk for us at this really tough time. Hopefully, we’ll be ok and everyone will be safe and well.”
Meanwhile, players and management at Thurlow Nunn First Division South side, Wivenhoe Town, have agreed to donate dressing room fines along with additional donations to the St Helena Hospice.
A total of £500.00 will be forwarded by the Broad Land club. A statement posted on www.wivenhoetownfc.com explained: “They wanted this to be used for a good cause, particularly at such a difficult time.”
Billericay Town club photographer, Nicky Hayes, is also doing his bit to raise funds for the NHS.
The snapper is calling on Blues fans to download their favourite action images taken over the last three seasons, with money’s raised from sales going to St Luke’s Hospice and NHS charities.
Nicky’s pictures can be accessed via http://nickyhayes.com.