Now, in the last couple of days, there have been stories about how quick to pay the players have been, again broken down by club.
Today, according to the Guardian, Gareth Southgate has had enough. The Middlesbrough manager is quoted as saying:
"I think it's outrageous that the campaign's fundraising style has bordered on blackmail, with the message being basically 'give us your money or we'll publicly shame you'. It's a strange way for a charity to act and one that has ensured that, although I had originally intended to make a donation, I have now withdrawn that promise."
And are nurses really such an overwhelmingly deserving case these days? Most of the extra money that has been put into the NHS in recent years has gone on higher salaries, and I am not aware that the nursing profession has missed out on this.
Mayday for Nurses' own blog seems to have been taken down for some reason, but you can find a summary of the charity's aims on the University College London site. It runs a hardship fund, which is admirable, and has some sensible aims:
No student nurse should have to quit his or her course because he or she cannot afford her rent.
Nurses should not be paid less than all other professional key public sector workers. It is unjust that a nurse earns less than a tube driver, social worker, and policeman.
Newly qualified nurses should be guaranteed work upon graduation.