Chelsea and England keeper Carly Telford joins volunteers army to help NHS

Chelsea's Carly Telford said 'we have all got a role to play' (PA Images)
Chelsea's Carly Telford said 'we have all got a role to play' (PA Images)
10:40am, Fri 27 Mar 2020
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Chelsea and England keeper Carly Telford has revealed she is one of the 405,000 volunteers who have stepped forward to help the NHS deal with the coronavirus crisis.

The 32 year-old signed up as a community response volunteer along with several members of her family.

Telford is currently at home because all elite football in England has been suspended until at least April 30, so she feels helping out the NHS is a way of 'getting out' and 'doing something good for the community'.

But while hundreds of thousands of people have agreed to help with the fight against COVID-19, the Blues' keeper believes everyone is doing their part to combat the disease, even if they are self-isolating.

Speaking to the Chelsea website, she said: "I think somewhere along the line everyone is helping each other out without knowing it so I don’t think anybody should be under pressure to volunteer.

"We have to take this virus as it comes and not everybody is responding to it in the same way, some people do feel worried and scared and their bit is staying in – that’s their way of protecting their family, but also their bit for the community which is just as important as the people getting things from A-to-B.

"We have all got a role to play and I think everyone is in different mental and social places so it’s important to realise that just because you aren’t volunteering doesn’t mean you aren’t helping to stop this virus from spreading and saving lives."

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