WARRINGTON Wolves legend Ben Westwood has given away nearly 200 bacon butties to NHS staff.

The former Wire star cooked up a treat for key workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic at Warrington Hospital at lunchtime yesterday, Monday.

Warrington Guardian:

Super Bennie’s Food Emporium and the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation teamed up to offer free bacon, sausage and egg butties to Warrington Hospital staff in order to 'show their gratitude'.

A total of 180 sandwiches were given away, including around two dozen which were handed out to the homeless.

This tally is a record number of butties the 38-year-old has made in a day since starting out in his tasty new venture, having moved into the world of catering at the end of the 2019 season after 17 years of turning out in the primrose and blue.

He will be returning to Warrington Hospital at the same time on Monday next week in order to cook more dinners for staff.

Warrington Guardian:

Former England international Westwood said: "The work they're getting through at the moment is endless, and they were so grateful for something as little as a bacon, sausage and egg butty."

Super Bennie's Food Emporium is still open for business feeding key workers stationed on Omega, serving everything from bacon and sausage butties at breakfast to burgers, chicken curry and jacket potatoes at dinner near to the Hut Group and Royal Mail warehouses.

Foundation director Neil Kelly added: “Each year, the first grade have visited the hospital with Christmas boxes and Easter Eggs.

“This year is different, and the focus has been put on the caring staff who do their job day to day – this time they are putting their lives on the line to save lives.

“To show our support, super Bennie and the foundation wanted to do something.

Warrington Guardian:

“Bennie’s new venture after retiring as a true people’s champion is to focus on feeding the workers, and what better way to give something back than to feed our workforce?

“The players have all pitched in to support, with Stantons of Cheshire supplying the meat and Abbeys Farm the eggs.”