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Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin pledges £50 to Grenfell Tower families for every minute he plays at European Under-21 Championship

Bellerin has followed Raheem Sterling in pledging to donate to the Grenfell Tower victims’ families
Bellerin has followed Raheem Sterling in pledging to donate to the Grenfell Tower victims’ families CREDIT: EPA

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has pledged to donate £50 to the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire for every minute he plays for Spain at the European Under-21 Championship.

The 22-year-old is on duty with a star-studded Spain squad in Poland, and they are strong favourites to win their third title in the space of just six years, having claimed victory at the Euros in 2011 and 2013.

Spain kick off their tournament against Macedonia on Saturday evening. If, as expected, La Rojita reach the final in Krakow in a fortnight’s time, they will have played a total of five games. Assuming Bellerin features in every minute, his donation would reach £22,500 in total.

Bellerin’s pledge follows that of Raheem Sterling on Friday, who will donate a ‘substantial’ sum to those affected by the blaze earlier this week.

“This is a deep and sad situation, one that’s close to my heart and hard to swallow. I would like to help in the best way I can,” Sterling told the BBC.

“It is only a small step, but small steps lead to big changes if we all come together.

“My condolences to the affected families, also the individuals who lost their homes.”

Meanwhile, England’s under-21s have already begun their European Championship campaign. £30m Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford proved his worth against Sweden in Kielce, as he saved a penalty to secure a 0-0 draw in the Group A opener.

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