Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho teamed up with Age UK and Love Your Doorstep in Enfield on Monday to help deliver essential goods to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused all football in the UK to be put on hold until at least the end of April, with the eventual outcome of the 2019/20 season in doubt, as infection numbers continue to rise across the country.
While there has been talk that the current season could be voided, on Monday, the Professional Footballers Association deputy chief Bobby Barnes admitted that players are willing to play behind closed to finish the season, with alternatives looking scarce.
While it can be easy as fans to get wrapped up in the footballing implications of the pandemic, many of the game’s top stars are setting an example in raising awareness and support for the essential services in times of crisis.
Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson have made generous donations towards fighting the coronavirus and local foodbanks respectively, while Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna pledged €1m to help with immediate relief in the battle against the virus.
Both Gary Neville and Chelsea have opened up their hotels to NHS staff for free during the pandemic.
Spurs boss Mourinho, meanwhile, has given his time and support to Age UK – the country’s leading charity helping older people – and the Love Your Doorstep project in Enfield London.
In a short clip posted on Love Your Doortstep’s Twitter account, Mourinho (wearing gloves and a protective mask) is shown volunteering, filling bags of essential items and encouraging others to donate food, money and their own time to the cause.
It is reported that Mourinho also delivered the goods parcels to elderly people in the area.
While the UK – which has over 6,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – is not yet on an official lockdown, people at risk, including those aged over 70, have been advised to stay at home for 12 weeks.