12:12PM, Thursday 19 March 2020
Slough Town have called on their supporters to help some of their more vulnerable fans – and others in the community – during the coronavirus outbreak.
With National League football suspended until April 3 at the earliest, Mark Bailey, Slough Town’s Community Engagement Manager, has called on supporters to show their community spirit by helping those who might need assistance getting supplies in.
He hopes to mobilise fans to help out where they can, or perhaps just be there to contact people during periods of isolation.
“Please get in touch,” he said. “Although I can promise to source any loo roll, I’m running low myself! I can do my best to mobilise any fans that are able to help out.
“That said I would encourage any of our ‘lower risk’ fans to get involved if they feel they can. Please be assured that we will take the utmost care to ensure that anyone volunteering or receiving help from us will not be put at any further risk of contracting COVID-19 and we will carry this out with up-to-date advice we are receiving from government.
“During my short time at the club I have seen everyone pull together for various great causes such as MIND and the town’s homeless. We need that same spirit more than ever now. That means looking out for friends and neighbours in the most vulnerable groups at risk from the COVID-19 virus, who may have to isolate themselves for weeks or even months.”
He added: “It’s obviously a time of unprecedented uncertainty for all of us and although losing our beloved football for a few weeks or months will be a real test. I’m sure we can all agree that the health and wellbeing of family and friends and the wider community has to be everyone’s priority during this worrying time.”
Fans are able to contact the club directly about this or can get in touch with one of Slough’s community partners, Slough Outreach or Aik Saath.
Mark added that Slough’s players and management team had been a credit to the town and the shirt this season and thanked them for their tremendous efforts on the pitch, with the club currently sat fifth in the National League South table.
He added: “It’s only by pulling together as a community and helping each other out that we will beat this virus, and we will beat it, and we’ll be back next season, bigger stronger and more together as a club than ever before.”
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