The Jockey Club has kept its ‘NHS pledge,’ announcing that at the 2022 festival at Aintree Racecourse, its donation of 10,000 Randox Grand National tickets to Merseyside frontline staff and social care employees will be fulfilled.
Randox Grand National Festival in 2021
Last year, in appreciation of the tireless contribution of committed NHS and care practitioners to the treatment of COVID-19 patients, the Jockey Club declared its commitment to donate 10,000 tickets for the first day of the Randox Grand National Festival in 2021.
The Jockey Club aims to avoid taking crucial resources from the NHS and emergency services, however, with the UK put under more covid restrictions for the coming months.
Further commitment for 2022
Dickon White, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses North West said: “The Jockey Club is fully committed to honour the donation and roll it forward to the 2022 Randox Grand National Festival. The last thing we would want to do is drain resources from an already overstretched NHS across Merseyside. We look forward to welcoming them in 2022 to show our appreciation for everything they’ve been doing for us.”
In addition, the Jockey Club will keep the name ‘Liverpool’s NHS Day’ for the first day of the Randox Grand National Festival, which is due to take place on Thursday 8 April 2021, paying tribute to NHS workers and volunteers across Merseyside.
Jan Ledward, Chief Executive of the NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Liverpool’s NHS strategic agency, thanked the Jockey Club for a ‘fantastic gesture’ and for their kind consideration of critical resources.
Tireless effort of staff
Ledward said: “Staff are working tirelessly to keep services running and give people the care they need, often in the face of significant challenges. Whether in GP practices, hospitals, community and mental health services, care homes, social care – or the many other areas that make up our local system – teams are showing incredible resilience and dedication,” Ledward said.
“We fully support the Jockey Club’s move to reallocate the kind ticket donation from this year’s event to 2022. We wouldn’t want to pull any resource from our hard working teams at this current time but are delighted that the enormous effort from our dedicated people across local health and care will still be recognised next year.”