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Amir Khan offers £5m wedding venue to NHS to help fight coronavirus crisis

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Former world champion Amir Khan has offered his newly-refurbished £5milion wedding venue to the NHS as medics battle to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Khan has been redeveloping the 60,000 square foot venue in his home town of Bolton ahead of its scheduled opening this summer, but is now ready to hand over the keys.

The 33-year-old said in a post on his official Twitter account: “I am aware of how difficult it is for the public to get a hospital bed in this tragic time.

“I am prepared to give my 60,000 square foot 4 story building which is due to be a wedding hall and retail outlet to the NHS to help people affected by the coronavirus. Pls keep safe.”

Khan’s gesture is the latest in a long line from sports stars as the country battles the outbreak which has killed more than 20,000 worldwide.

UFC star Conor McGregor is buying €1m of protective equipment for hospitals in Dublin while Roger Federer is donating £900,000 to vulnerable families in Switzerland.



Amir Khan has offered his wedding venue to the NHS

In a statement on Twitter, Federer said: “These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.

“Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.

“Our contribution is just a start. We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis! Stay healthy!”

Meanwhile, A number of Premier League clubs have announced plans to support frontline NHS workers.

Brighton have started an initiative for clubs in the Premier League, English Football League, Scotland and Northern Ireland to donate 1,000 tickets for future matches to frontline NHS staff.

Seagulls chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber proposed a club-to-club baton system and nominated Bournemouth, who said they would match Brighton’s pledge.

Barber said: “We are working on a range of things across all areas of the community and I hope this will just be the start.



Sport across the world has been hit by the coronavirus crisis

“We fully appreciate football is the last thing on anyone’s minds at this moment but we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS staff on the frontline who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to.”

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn said: “We are absolutely delighted to match Brighton’s gesture and commit to 1,000 tickets, and we will pass the baton to another club with the aim of reaching a significant target so football as a whole can show its appreciation for our country’s NHS workers.”

Watford have offered the use of their Vicarage Road stadium to the nearby Watford General Hospital for a range of NHS purposes.

“We need to forget football right now and concentrate on doing all we can to support the NHS, and in particular, Watford General Hospital,” Hornets chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said in a joint statement announcing the move.

“Our proximity as a football club next door to a hospital puts us in a great position to offer help and we’re keen to do whatever we possibly can to support NHS staff and their families.”



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