Much is written about rich, spoiled footballers behaving badly but what about the young role models who do the right thing?
Hector Bellerin, Arsenal’s lighting full back currently being chased by Barcelona, is just such a player.
He has offered to donate £50 for every minute he plays for Spain at the European Under 21 Championships to the victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire.
The death toll caused by the tower block fire currently stands at 30 with as many as 76 people still missing.
Posted next to a picture featuring messages of goodwill to victims of the tragedy, Bellerin wrote: “For every minute I play in #U21EURO I’ll donate £50 to help Grenfell Tower victims. Please support in any way you can.”
The 22-year-old included a link to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation’s donation page on theBigGive.org.
By playing every minute of their group three games at the tournament in Poland would see his donation reach £13,500. Progression into the final – not much of a stretch for the Spaniards – would see his contribution rise to at least £22,500.
England and Southampton defender has also pledged his help, writing on Twitter: “I went to Grenfell Tower yesterday [Friday]. I want to help, not just donate. I can’t think of all the answers but I can do what I feel is needed.”
Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling, who began his football career at Queens Park Rangers, just a mile from the Kensington estate, also made a “substantial” contribution according to the BBC.