The Real Madrid striker’s gesture was revealed on Wednesday evening as he posted an online video thanking health workers across the country for what they were doing in the midst of the current coronavirus crisis.
Bale and his wife Emma donated a huge sum of money to the official charity of the NHS Cardiff and Vale Health Board. The charity focuses on providing additional services to patients and staff that normal NHS funds do not provide.
“I just wanted to thank everyone in the NHS for all their hard work and sacrifice during the Covid-19 crisis,” said Bale.
“The University of Wales hospital has a special place in my heart. This is where I was born and he has brought great support to my family, friends and the community at large.
“My family and I would like to show our support. Keep up the good work, you do an incredible job. Thank you so much. “
Bale grew up in Cardiff, attending the city’s Whitchurch High School. His move comes after teammate Aaron Ramsey made several charitable donations to the NHS in Wales and to broader community charities.
Len Richards, CEO of Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board, said, “I want to warmly thank Gareth, Emma and their families for this fantastic gift.
“It is so comforting to hear that they have chosen to give something back to their local hospital to thank them for the service they have received, their family and friends and to recognize all the hard work that the staff and all of our hospitals are doing this very difficult time.
“I would also like to say that gestures like this testify to the fantastic work that our clinical and support colleagues do every day. Thank you so much. “