Rovers midfielder Bradley Johnson has answered a rescue call for more personal protective equipment to be delivered to frontline staff in Blackburn battling the Coronavirus outbreak.

Over the weekend, East Lancashire CCG and Blackburn with Darwen Council, through the Lancashire Telegraph, appealed to local businesses that have access to vital PPE supplies to play their part.

Johnson has been putting his time in lockdown to good use, working alongside former football Dexter Blackstock, to deliver personal protective equipment to the frontline.

And now the midfielder has handed over 3,5000 masks, paid for himself, to the club, which will be shared across the locations in East Lancashire that need them most.

Blackstock has contributed a further 1,500 masks, taking the total figure to 5,000, with the pair having so fair raised £15,000 via their website.

That has helped hospices and care homes across the midlands, where the pair are based, but Johnson was keen to do his bit for the East Lancashire community.

Working in partnership with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and local charity Benefit Mankind, the items have now been delivered to East Lancashire Hospice, Linden House Care Home, Old Gates Care Home, Rummage Rescuers and Blackburn Foodbank.

Benefit Mankind, an international aid relief and development organisation, also delivered food packs for staff and residents at each of the five venues.