When footballers put their money where their hearts are
Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling has announced that he will make a "substantial donation" to support the victims of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in west London.
"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", said the 22-year-old who grew up in north-west London.
"It is only a small step, but small steps lead to big changes if we all come together", he added.
Hats off Raheem.
Footballers get a lot of stick but in light of Sterling's act of generosity we thought we’d highlight some other pros who've gone out of their way to help others.
In 2014, former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger paid for Denmark to send a team to the Homeless World Cup in Chile.
After team organisers realised they were short of cash, Agger stumped up an extra £2,100 to get them to the tournament.
Frits Ahlstrom, of the charity Ombold, said: “I talked to him and said we still had to find 20,000 krone, and he said without hesitating: ‘I’ll give it to you.’ There is no substitute for class and Daniel has it on and off the field, as a player and as a person.”
Back in 2014, the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine was at the centre of fighting between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian rebels.
The fighting forced the local team Shakhtar Donetsk to relocate 750 miles west to Lviv, but the club's captain Darijo Srna bought 20 tonnes of tangerines and sent them to children still in the city.
Well, Srna hails from Metkovic, a part of Croatia known for its tangerines, and had himself grown up in a war-torn country.
"I grew up in Croatia so I also went through a period when I needed help. Donetsk has helped me a lot and this is just a small gift with which I want to pay them back," Srna said.
In January 2013, Swansea City's Angel Rangel and his wife Nikki drove around the snowy streets of Swansea looking for homeless people to help.
The defender tweeted asking for suggestions of where to go on a cold Friday night because he had "food going spare".
Angel and Nikki had been at a sandwich chain when the manager said he would have to throw food away because it was closing for the night.
Rangel told CNN: "My wife, Nikki, who is a very caring and charitable person, asked if we could have them for the homeless rather than see them thrown in the bin.
"They agreed and we drove around Swansea for over an hour, but couldn't find any homeless people as it was so cold out on the streets with all the snow."
They were eventually invited to a homeless shelter after his Twitter plea was picked up.
When former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was made one of the faces of a soft drink brand, he was offered £3m.
Drogba's response was to set up the Didier Drogba Foundation, which aims to improve health and education for children in Africa, and donate all of the funds he would have received from the sponsorship to set up a hospital in his home country Ivory Coast.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic donated £30,000 to send a Swedish team with learning difficulties to the INAS World Football Championship in Brazil back in 2014.
Stefan Jonsson, the Swedish team's then assistant coach, said: “I spoke to Zlatan and asked if he could donate a shirt for auction and he said: ‘What the hell are you going to do with a shirt? How much is it to go?’ When we said what we needed, he asked for the account number and he deposited it.”
Zlatan told a Swedish disability sport website: “When we missed the World Cup, I was deeply disappointed. So when I heard about ‘the unknown team’ I said to myself that I wanted to do everything in my power to help them to experience a World Cup.
“There was nothing to think about. It was a given.”
And a mysterious one... Mario Balotelli
During his incident-packed time at Manchester City, there were many legends told about maverick Italian Mario Balotelli.
Stories about him buying an entire pub of people a drink, or driving around handing out money from a camouflaged Bentley, were commonplace during his time in Manchester.
When 60 dogs were killed in a fire at Manchester Dogs' Home in 2014, a mysterious £25,000 donation appeared on a fundraising appeal page.
To many it made sense then that dog-lover Balotelli would be the wealthy figure behind the move, especially after staff at the home told how Mario had previously volunteered there by walking the animals while his own pet labrador was in quarantine.
Could it be so?