Giggs backs Premiership appeal to give a day's pay to nurses' hardship fund

Western Mail, April 18, 2007 Wales captain Ryan Giggs has pledged a day's pay to help nurses in crisis. The Manchester United legend, who has an estimated £20m fortune, is among a number of Premiership footballers to donate a proportion of his sizeable salary to a national campaign. Dr Noreena Hertz, who has organised the campaign, is hoping to sign up all 556 Premiership players, as well as managers and commentators, in a bid to raise more than £1m. To date, 73 footballers, including the entire Reading and Fulham squads, have pledged cash ahead of the official May Day for Nurses on May 13. Arsenal player Thierry Henry and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James are among the big names who have given a day's salary. Top players can earn more than £100,000 a week, while the average nurse's annual pay is £21,000. ... Giggs