Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich make pledges to NHS to help strengthen the fight against coronavirus pandemics.
Chelsea will open the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge to NHS staff to help the medical response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich has pledged to cover the costs of accommodation for an initial two-month period – with the west London club prepared to give over the whole hotel if required.
“Chelsea Football Club is joining the medical response to the coronavirus outbreak in London with the news the National Health Service (NHS) has accepted the Club’s offer to make the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available for NHS staff,” read a club statement.
“The initiative came from club owner Roman Abramovich and, after contact with the NHS was made by Chairman Bruce Buck, it was decided the best way Chelsea can assist the NHS is to provide accommodation for NHS staff. Mr Abramovich will be covering the costs of providing the accommodation.
“Many of the medical staff will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”