Hemel Hempstead Town FC captain Connor Essam has offered his services to the NHS volunteer scheme after wanting to give something back amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The scheme is the NHS Volunteer Responders which is a new group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.
They will be used by healthcare professionals to make sure people who are highly vulnerable to the coronavirus are able to stay safe and well at home.
The Tudors’ defender spoke with the National League website on what made him decide to get involved.
He said: “I work 9am-5pm as a financial advisor. Usually my spare time is taken up with football, but now there’s a gap that I need to fill. I’m due to hear soon how I’m going to be helping and I can’t wait.
“I first saw the idea on Twitter, so I did a bit of research and after a little looking I felt I had to do this to give something back.
“I live alone, and the lockdown has made me even more determined to get out and out my spare time either after work or at the weekends to good use.”
As well as this gesture from Essam, the club itself have also offered NHS staff season tickets at a reduced price for the 2020/21 season.
A spokesperson for the club said: “We think that our NHS professionals are doing an amazing job during such testing times.
“As an extension of our thanks we would like to extend the offer of a discounted season ticket of £75 to NHS employees for the 2020/21 season. Which is less than £4 per game.”
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