Arsenal FC has donated £100,000 to local charities and organisations to aid the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The English Premier League club on Tuesday, 24th March, also announced that it would make all Arsenal community cars available to transport frontline NHS mental health workers.

“In these uncertain times, we are taking a series of steps to ensure that our local and global communities receive our full support,” read the statement on the club’s website.

“The Arsenal Foundation will donate £100,000 to local charities and organisations supporting those most in need during this Covid-19 crisis. We are in constant dialogue with Islington Council and our partners in the NHS to ensure this response is aligned with their priorities and supports those most vulnerable.

“A further £50,000 already donated to local community initiatives by The Arsenal Foundation, in partnership with Islington Giving, will also be re-directed to Islington Giving’s Crisis Fund as part of this Covid-19 community response.

“From Tuesday, 24 th March, we will make all Arsenal community cars available to transport frontline NHS mental health workers. Driven on a voluntary basis by Arsenal in the community staff, this service will support NHS workers in delivering vital medication and emergency supplies.”

Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham said the team exist to make fans happy and create a sense of community people across the world.

“Arsenal Football Club exists to make our fans proud and create a sense of community for people in Islington, across the UK, and around the world. During these uncertain and unprecedented times, we will endeavour to ensure that remains the case.”

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