Man Utd confirm NHS support package backed by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has declared himself 'proud' after Manchester United announced a package of measures designed to help the NHS in the battle against coronavirus.

United, who have offered up their facilities at Old Trafford, have sent 16 of the club's 'Foundation' vehicles to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS Manchester Foundation Trust Charity.

The fleet have taken over 3,500 gifts for NHS staff, including the unsung heroes of the hospital cleaning and backroom staff.

It comes after a first wave of donations made by the Foundation to local hospitals last week, while the vehicles have also been put on standby with volunteer drivers available to support NHS courier operations.

Additionally, Old Trafford has been placed on a reserve list as a possible temporary blood donation centre, and the club are continuing to offer NHS workers staying at Hotel Football free car parking for as long as it is required.

Legendary former United boss Ferguson, who underwent a life-saving operation on the NHS after a brain haemorrhage in 2018, has hailed those looking to help the service and its workers, as well as the club.

“I’m delighted we are now recognising the importance of our NHS – as I experienced two years ago after they saved my life.

"The response to this pandemic has been magnificent and has made me proud of the way the club and the British people have rallied round to help. Well Done.”

Current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “The NHS staff and the volunteers fighting the virus are putting themselves at risk to keep everybody safe and doing a truly amazing job.

“They deserve thanks and praise from everybody for their work and their efforts every single day.”

The move comes after United donated all 30,000 perishable goods stocked at the stadium for use until the summer to staff to food banks, hospitals and other local charitable organisations.

United players will be taking part in a new club campaign to express their appreciation for the NHS and healthcare workers fighting coronavirus around the world.

That launches on the club’s media channels on Thursday and comes after club captain Harry Maguire helped co-ordinate the United players’ response to the #PlayersTogether initiative which launched on Wednesday evening.

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