England captain Heather Knight has signed up to be a NHS volunteer and says she wants to ‘help as much as she can’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
Almost 750,000 people have signed up to the scheme in the UK since it was unveiled by the government last week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the volunteers would be ‘absolutely crucial’ in the fight against the coronavirus.
The NHS has said the volunteers will support the 1.5 million vulnerable people who have been asked to ‘shield’ themselves from COVID-19.
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Explaining her decision to sign up to the scheme, Knight said in a column for BBC Sport: ‘I signed up to the NHS’ volunteer scheme as I have a lot of free time on my hands and I want to help as much as I can.
‘My brother and his partner are doctors, and I have a few friends who work in the NHS, so I know how hard they are working and how difficult it is for everyone.
‘Standing on our doorstep, joining in the #ClapForCarers was incredible, and getting involved and volunteering will help even more.
‘I’m going to get the car out as I’ve volunteered to transport medicine, and also speak to people who are self-isolating. If someone is home alone, you can ring them up and chat. They have had so many people sign up.’
Knight added: ‘My brother works in research. He has not been called back in yet but he’s ready if he is needed.
‘One of my close friends, Elin, works on the ward at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and I have been staying in touch with her to see how she is getting on.
‘She is having to make tough decisions, so we are trying to keep her positive. Our university friendship group have been sending her throwback songs of the day to try and give her a moment to be happy and relax.’
Knight led England to the semi-finals of the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia earlier in the year.
Their semi-final clash against India was abandoned without a ball being bowled and India progressed to the final due to their superior group-stage finish.
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