Stockport County has released a statement for its supporters, outlining the club’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The club has closed its grounds due to the suspension of the current National League season, and has sadly had to take the decision to furlough staff during the outbreak. However, the club has been able to donate £75,000 to Stockport’s NHS, and has also announced that it will donate the proceeds of all sales from the club’s shop to the Stockport NHS Foundation Charitable Fund.
County also used the statement to thank key workers, including those is food distribution and the health service for their work during the coronavirus outbreak. Read the full statement below:
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to gather pace, our thoughts are with everyone during this difficult time. The well-being of our employees, supporters, local communities and everyone around the world is of far greater significance than football. We urge everyone to follow the Government’s advice to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
We are incredibly proud of the community spirit, support and optimism shown by the residents of Stockport during these unprecedented times. Please continue to look out and support those who may be vulnerable within our community.
We’d like to thank front-line workers in the NHS, supermarkets, food production and other sectors who are working tirelessly to protect and support our communities.
As part of our ongoing contribution to support the fight against Coronavirus, we will be donating all Club Shop revenue to the NHS. From Monday morning at 10am, every penny of sales over the next month will be donated to the Stockport NHS Foundation Charitable Fund.
Due to the suspension of the season and the shutdown of Edgeley Park, we have furloughed our players and staff through the Government’s Job Retention Scheme. The Club has made the decision to top-up the scheme to ensure no player or staff member is out of pocket at this difficult time.
Once the pandemic is behind us, and it is safe to return to football, we would urge the National League to finish the current season and protect the integrity of the competition. Chief Executive, Jonathan Vaughan is currently engaged in discussions with the National League and other clubs to seek a resolution.
It remains our intention to keep supporters updated despite these unprecedented circumstances.
Please stay home, stay safe and protect the NHS.