Following the start of the latest lockdown, Stevenage FC has today announced its Winter COVID Community Commitment, in partnership with Stevenage FC Foundation, which will see the Club play another central part in the efforts to support those in need as a result of COVID-19..
As of Monday the Club and Foundation will begin to roll out a variety of initiatives which have been highlighted in conjunction with key local partners, aimed at addressing both the short and long term issues which are likely to arise over the winter months.
Chairman Phil Wallace said, "We were one of the innovators in the last lockdown, acting before almost any other club to introduce a Careline for our local community. That project evolved into something really special involving our players, staff, foundation and supporters with over 15,000 free, freshly made sandwiches being delivered to residents in need and to hospital staff at the Lister Hospital. Everyone involved in that project took a pride in helping others and it was a great benefit for so many.
"The current lockdown is scheduled to last 4 weeks, I don’t feel this will be as dramatic as the last one, but we can’t ignore the fact that some members of our local community will feel isolated and lost. Therefore we are pledging to support them during this period, as well as further into the winter months when additional challenges may arise.
"Our COVID Support Line will launch on Monday and run weekdays between 10am-4pm, allowing anyone in our community with a concern – whether that’s not being able to collect prescriptions, feed themselves, or just needing someone to talk to whilst in isolation, then we will be there for them. By drawing upon our own resources and other local partners we will find a way to solve problems as they arise, so that it doesn’t have to be a concern."
Full details of the scheme will be released on Monday.