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Concerts for Carers celebrates 1st birthday by awarding £2,000 grant to the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation and hits £1.85m of free tickets given away

  • To celebrate their first birthday Concerts for Carers (a not-for-profit registered charity) is delighted to have awarded its first grant, furthering its mission to promote the mental health and wellbeing of NHS and Paid Care workers across the UK
  • It has awarded a £2,000 grant to Healthcare Workers’ Foundation
  • In its first year, Concerts for Carers has given away over 35,000 tickets worth more than £1.85 million to events at 70 venues in over 30 cities across the UK
  • With 85,000 members, NHS staff and paid carers can apply for tickets to live events including Elton John, Justin Bieber, Westlife and Panic! at The Disco
  • Concerts for Carers provides tickets to events at over 70 venues across the UK including O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester, O2 Ritz Manchester, O2 Apollo Manchester, The Blues Kitchen, and AO Arena Manchester.
  • Concerts for Carers has provided tickets to recent shows in Manchester including Alice Cooper + The Cult, Swedish House Mafia, and Cirque du Soleil.
  • More information is available at concertsforcarers.org.uk

To celebrate their first birthday, Concerts for Carers together with O2 has awarded its first ever grant of £2,000 to Healthcare Workers’ Foundation, a charity that provides targeted support to people working in healthcare, enabling them to continue caring for us.

Founded by former music venue executives, Concerts for Carers together with O2 is a registered charity created to promote the mental health and wellbeing of NHS staff and Paid Care workers which it does by providing access to free music tickets all year round.

Statistics from gov.uk show that 50% of NHS staff are more likely to experience high levels of work-related stress compared to the general working population, it is vitally important that healthcare workers have a suitable place to eat and rest in order to remain healthy and manage their wellbeing.

Working with Healthcare Workers Foundation, the charity will use the funds to refurbish a staffroom in Scarborough Hospital to provide essential space away from the wards.

Since its launch in 2021, Concerts for Carers has given over 35,000 free tickets to NHS and paid carers for top live music performances from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Little Mix, Michael Buble, Billie Eilish, Haim, The Script, Elbow and many others.

Steve Gotkine Co-Founder of Concerts for Carers, said We are delighted to have been able to make our first grant within our first year as well as hitting the amazing milestone of over £1.85m worth of free tickets given away to our beneficiaries. This is just the start of our journey, with further grants planned in 2023 we are excited to go into our second year bringing more content than ever before to our NHS and Paid Carers.”

Jayd Williams, Head of Music Partnerships & Sponsorship at Virgin Media O2, said O2’s partnership with Concerts for Carers is our way to thank NHS and Paid Carers for their dedication to their profession with access to some of the best live events and concerts in the UK. The first year of our partnership has seen incredible growth and we are proud to see the continuation of our giving back with the first grant being made to a brilliant charity.”

Julie Child, CEO at the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation, said: “It is vitally important that healthcare workers have a place to eat and rest in order to manage their wellbeing. This grant by Concerts for Carers together with O2 is an incredible way to give back and support the mental health and wellbeing of staff by improving their staff rooms and rest spaces which are so important to them.”

How does the scheme work?

  • NHS and paid Care workers can sign-up via concertsforcarers.org.uk
  • Once registered on the website, NHS staff and Paid Care workers can apply for shows that they would like to attend.
  • All requests will be entered into a ballot.
  • Recipients will then be notified if they have won tickets to their preferred events.

Having now secured agreement from some of the UK’s leading live music destinations, including The O2, the organisation is looking for funds to achieve its goal. Eligible beneficiaries can register now at www.concertsforcarers.org.uk.  Those that wish to contribute towards this fantastic initiative and be part of creating something that truly honours NHS workers and paid carers, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/concertsforcarers

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