Aston Villa Football Club have been busily working behind the scenes to find ways to support the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And we’re pleased to announce that this week steps have been taken to provide assistance and comfort to local hospitals and healthcare professionals.
Working alongside club catering partner Levy UK, the Aston Villa Foundation organised and distributed food and drinks from the Villa Park kiosks to the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity’s warehouse and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust’s City Hospital on Wednesday.
In total, 1,300 fizzy drinks, 300 packets of crisps and 200 chocolate bars were supplied to the two organisations, with the food and drink being distributed to staff rooms across five hospitals.
The club also responded to a request from one of our charity partners, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals, and provided 40 barriers to them on Thursday.
Normally utilised around Villa Park on matchdays, the barriers will help the hospital to segregate people upon entry to the hospital, safely and effectively managing the flow of people entering and leaving the hospital in line with social distancing guidelines.
Head of Foundation Guy Rippon has been among those at the club working hard to find resources and ways to support the NHS during an unprecedented situation.
He said: “We’ve all seen how hard doctors, nurses and NHS staff are working to combat the spread of Coronavirus, and they need all the support they can get right now.
“We’ve been in constant dialogue with key stakeholders in the city about ways that we can provide support where it is most needed.
“Aston Villa will always look to support the needs of its community, where possible, and this week has provided two instances of that.”
Aston Villa would also like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to remain safe and remind you of the latest NHS information and advice surrounding coronavirus here.