Next year's Grand National Festival to have special NHS 'thank-you' day

15:09pm, Thu 02 Apr 2020
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The Jockey Club have announced a special NHS Day at next year's Grand National meeting.

Aintree is donating 10,000 tickets as a thank-you for the work of NHS Staff and care workers in Merseyside during the coronavirus pandemic, on the special day of Thursday April 8.

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"We understand just how hard NHS and professional carers are working right now and this is our way of showing our gratitude," said Jockey Club director Dickon White.

The Club have assured that professional carers and those in the social care sector will benefit alongside NHS staff and tickets will be distributed next year.

Jan Ledward, chief officer at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, 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.”

The announcement comes ahead of what should have been this weekend's Grand National.

Instead, a virtual Grand National will be televised for fans to still get their horse racing fix.