Just another year-end reminder that Jordan Henderson is a good person – this time from a radiology nurse in Liverpool named Jenny who directly benefited from the money raised through our captain’s participation in the NHS Charities trust. Together.
Henderson joined the fund during the first lockdown of 2020, seeking to use his influence to support those who continue to work tirelessly to heal the rest of us by launching The Players Together initiative. The fund has, to date, been to be able to to provide grants to their 238 charities and support over 600 projects across the UK. As we all know by now, Henderson himself has a special relationship with the NHS as it was the NHS hospitals to Sunderland who were able to provide life-saving care to her father while battling cancer in 2014.
The NHS Charities Together Instagram page recently posted a snippet of Jenny’s story, describing how the fund was able to help provide mental health assistance when she was in desperate need of it amid the pressures and heartbreak of the pandemic current.
“Having access to wellness centers and immediate psychological services literally saved my life,” Jenny said.
“The Hubs are a safe, calm and relaxing place to visit where I have received psychological first aid, kindness and the reassurance that someone has listened to my concerns.
“I was immediately entrusted with a psychologist who helped me with tools to get me to where I am today. The psychologist has been essential in my journey towards recovery. It was good to know that it’s good not to be well sometimes.
While mental health awareness has become a bit of a buzzword over the past few years, it has truly reached a crisis level, and efforts like those of Henderson and Charities Together are more important than ever. To see these funds functioning in a truly united fashion is something magical – almost unfathomable. Does a charity and its funds go what they say? How beautiful and hard to believe.
I know I can break a record sometimes when Jordan Henderson does something right, but when the fruits of that goodwill work start to show, they are worth celebrating. There is so much in the world about how terrible humans are, and it’s true humans are terrible, but sometimes there are some who do good things and use their power to help rather than hinder. Football players in particular get quite a bad rap at times, and it is always heartwarming to see such a man as Henderson actively working against this public belief.
In addition, Henderson’s father Just Give page to raise funds for a new piece of equipment for the Royal Sunderland Hospital – an effort for which Jordan himself donated several shirts up for auction – is still in effect. If you can and want to, you can donate directly to the fund to help the NHS.
Those fortunate enough to live with socialized NHS medicine should do all they can to protect and support the system and its workers. That’s what the Hendersons would like.