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U.K Football Clubs to Offer NHS Staff 100,000 Free Tickets

Yesterday, people across the U.K took to the streets (from their windows, doorsteps and balconies) to clap the NHS and caring staff that are working on the frontline to manage the corona virus outbreak.

And the appreciation of our wonderful health service continues as Brighton and Hove Albion kick off a campaign to gift 100,000 tickets to NHS staff, in recognition of the wonderful and brave work they do.

The UK football season, from The Premier League to amateur leagues across the country, is currently on a hiatus as measures are implemented to “flatten the curve”. For many, the first thing they’re looking forward to is getting back to the football on a weekend and enjoying the community spirit that brings. And in a positive signal of intent, NHS staff will be some of the first people back on the terraces if this ticket initiative is anything to go by.

Paul Barber, the Brighton chief executive said: “If each of the 92 clubs committed on average one thousand tickets, with The FA donating for a future England international and Scottish Premier League and Irish League clubs also contributing, we could easily top 100,000 tickets for these heroes. We are seeing some brilliant initiatives from clubs all over the world, and I am hopeful that there is more to come from the football family.

“Of course the biggest support we can all show our NHS heroes is by following that crucial government advice on social distancing, self-isolating, hand hygiene and using tissues to catch, kill and bin coughs and sneezes.”

So far Bournmouth FC have taken on the campaign and announced they will donate 1000 tickets to NHS staff, so now the imputes is on some of the larger clubs (no disrespect to Brighton and Bournmouth) to accept the challenge and give away some of their tickets for when the season resumes.

The #ClapForOurCarers Campaign aims to spread positivity and celebrate our NHS

Currently, the global conversation is solely focussed on COVID-19 and the wide-ranging consequences to all aspects of our daily lives. It can be difficult to focus on what’s important with the sheer amount of news hitting our screens every minute of every day. Some are scaremongering, some are irrelevant, some are clickbait and some are genuinely useful to know.

But in the spirit of positivity, we at The Carer’s Federation have decided to unearth some of the positive news stories emerging to share with you. Enjoy them. Share them with your friends and family. And remember to follow official advice the UK government regarding our individual responsibilities to help slow the spread.

We start with the #clapforourcarers campaign – a rousing idea to support NHS staff up and down the country who are putting themselves on the front line, and under increased pressure, to deal with the Coronavirus patients and general public.

The campaign is asking for as many people as possible to clap their hands together on Thursday 26 March at 8pm to thank all doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff working hard to help those affected by the coronavirus. Other countries in Europe, such as France, Spain and Italy have been doing this on a regular basis but as the U.K comes to terms with the current measures set in place by the U.K government to contain Coronavirus, the public finds new and inventive ways to spread positivity.

The campaign website states: “It’s to get everyone to clap for everyone that works in the frontline, doctors, nurses doctors, pharmacists and EVERYONE related at the frontline.”

For more information on the campaign you can visit Check back on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for more positive news story blogs over the next few weeks.

Carers Federation COVID-19 Update

The Carers Federation is committed to the safety and wellbeing of its clients, staff and the general public. This applies especially during the current outbreak of the Coronavirus, which some of you may know as COVID-19.

We regret that we have to follow Government advice and are suspending all but essential activity at our Nottingham and Gateshead offices. Our staff are working from home where possible and are all taking the steps necessary to limit the transmission of the virus.

We are staying up to date with the latest regulation and recommendations regarding the ongoing pandemic and as such, will review the situation daily. If you have any general enquires we ask that you email us rather than call. If you don’t know which department to email, please contact

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the NHS website:

Our service users can find specific contact details for support on the Our Centre page of the website

In the current circumstances and with Carers Federation not staffing our office, service users and their families who wish to contact us urgently can do so by:

Phoning and leaving a message on the office phone 0115 9629310. We will regularly pick up messages and pass them to appropriate staff.

Emailing – we will check this account daily.

If you or your family receive support from AYC you can contact the following staff on their mobiles:

Roz Lynch 07739237147
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If you are a volunteer and wish to speak with Naomi her number is 07841067098

For any users of our counselling service who require additional support they can call Rob on 07793525831.

For all the above numbers, if not answered please leave a message and we will get back to you.

Take care and best wishes