Mark Stott, the owner of Stockport County Football Club, has donated £75,000 to the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund on behalf of the club to help towards the treatment of Coronavirus patients within the local community.
Mark said: “Unfortunately, many people within the Stockport area will be affected by Coronavirus and we wish them a speedy recovery. The NHS do a phenomenal job and on behalf of myself, the club and the supporters we would like to thank them for their selfless work during this unprecedented time.
“Stockport is a town and a club with enormous community spirit and we will pull together to support each other at this difficult time.”
The money will pay for new haemofiltration devices which replace kidneys in the case of renal failure, volumetric pumps which keep patients asleep, and syringe drivers used to administer drugs.
Most people who get the virus will experience only mild symptoms and need to self-isolate at home, but this equipment will be very important for treating the minority of patients who may be suffering from the most severe symptoms of the virus and will need care in the hospital.
Louise Robson, Chief Executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital and community NHS services, said: “Coronavirus is going to be a massive challenge for all our staff and volunteers as they continue to provide the best possible care and treatment through an unprecedented public health emergency.
“We truly appreciate all the support we receive and this generous donation from County will be a real help in providing extra equipment. I’d like to say a big thank you to the club on behalf of all of us.”