Premiership player Wilfried Zaha is offering 50 of his apartments for free to healthcare staff and wants other landlords to follow suit. Could you help?
Premier League footballer Wilfried Zaha has called on landlords to join him by and open up their empty properties to NHS staff fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Crystal Palace winger is offering 50 apartments owned by his company ZoProperties rent-free to frontline staff needing short-term accommodation near hospitals, after being moved by the plight of those scared to go home after shifts and infect their loved ones and the public.
Zaha and his business partner, Obi Williams, say they have been inundated with requests and asked NHS management to oversee the allocation process.
He told The Standard: “If people can help it would me much appreciated, because I get messages myself from people talking about how they need a place and how it would be appreciated, if I could I would.”
Zaha’s business partner Williams, added: “If there are any landlords or property companies out there, if the association for serviced apartment providers want to help, please help. We need properties right now.”
The footballer has also launched a Just Giving Campaign which aims to raise £50,000 by asking people without properties to fund more short-term accommodation for frontline staff.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich joined the effort by offering free accommodation at the Millennium Hotel next to Stamford Bridge to NHS staff, while Gary Neville has offered up his two hotels in Manchester.