May saw the Sunday Times release its annual Giving List for 2021, where those in the UK are ranked depending on their ‘Giving Index’. This index is calculated by dividing the total sum of an individual or group of individuals by their total wealth, giving a percentage figure.
But who exactly are these generous givers who come from all aspects of society? How did they earn their riches? And what forms of charity are they most interested in? Below, Silver Linings News devotes a separate article to take a look at each of those who made it into the top 20 of the list:
6) Jordan Henderson
Perhaps not the first footballer one may think when associating philanthropy with the sport, Jordan Henderson reached the dizzy heights of sixth in the most recent edition of The Sunday Times Giving List.
The Liverpool captain and England international achieved a Giving Index of 16%, having recently donated £4m out of his £25m net worth.
Henderson was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours for “services to football and to charity particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic”. Specifically speaking, the central midfielder contacted captains across the Premier League in a bid to raise a Covid-19 fund for the NHS.
Henderson’s actions resembled a wider collective effort from footballers throughout the Premier League, who often obliged to pay cuts in the early days of the pandemic in order to provide funds for NHS frontline workers.
Elsewhere, Henderson has been vocal in the Premier League’s rainbow laces campaign, which aims to increase inclusivity for all within the game regardless of their sexual orientation.
In response, Liverpool LGBT fan group Kop Outs said, via Goal.com, that his actions represented “an immensely important moment which touched a chord with all Reds fans.”