The Jockey Club has announced it will donate 10,000 tickets for the first day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree to the NHS and social care community in Merseyside.
It has also been revealed by the racecourse group, which owns Aintree racecourse, the opening day of the 2021 Festival will be renamed as Liverpool’s NHS Day in honour of the NHS staff and volunteers.
Jockey Club Racecourses North West regional director Dickon White said:
We’re delighted to donate 10,000 tickets to the NHS and professional carers across Merseyside. We’re also proud to rename the first day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National as Liverpool’s NHS Day in recognition of the amazing NHS staff and volunteers.
“We understand just how hard the NHS and professional carers are working right now and this is our way of showing our gratitude.”
The leadership at the Jockey Club confirmed that the ticket allocation process will start at the beginning of next year, partnering with the related organisations to ensure that the initiative rewards NHS employees.
Jan Ledward, Chief Officer of the NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, the agency organising NHS city care, said: “Across local health and care, 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. We’re delighted to see this enormous effort recognised.”
Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) announced yesterday their commitment to contribute all the proceeds from the ‘Virtual Grand National’ this weekend to NHS Charities Together. Stakes will be limited to £10 per horse per customer, or £10 per horse each-way.
The pre-recorded race, which will be shown on ITV on 4 April at 17:00, will include the 40 runners who will most likely have participated using CGI technology and special algorithms