Rotherham United fans have been looking out for fellow Millers supporters, and the NHS and key workers, who have worked so tirelessly on the front line throughout this pandemic.
In June 2020, the club launched an alternative to ticket refunds called “United Rotherham” having witnessed so much kindness since the COVID-19 outbreak. The scheme is another fantastic embodiment of the togetherness which now runs right through the club and town.
Over 2,000 of season ticket holders donated their season ticket refunds to help support those who had been hit hardest by the pandemic.
For the opening two competitive home games of the new campaign, The Millers offered tickets to 643 key workers to show their gratitude. Children of key workers were given an unforgettable experience of welcoming their heroes onto the pitch for the Carabao Cup clash with Accrington Stanley, by taking part in the flag bearers initiative.
Rotherham United’s Head of Community Jamie Noble, said: “When we launched the “United Rotherham” project back in the summer of last year, we had a long-term vision of giving something back to our fellow Millers and local key workers during these unprecedented times.
“During the pandemic, we have seen the very best of people in our town and we wanted to thank those who have worked so tirelessly on the front line during this period.
“To say we were overwhelmed by the response from our supporters would be an understatement and the generosity shown was just another embodiment of the togetherness which runs right through our football club.”
The League One club recently instilled the help of the same NHS group who recently administered the vaccine to its first team staff and players, with Andrea Kitchen and her team on hand at the AESSEAL New York Stadium ahead of the opening day clash with Plymouth Argyle.
An offer of a free match ticket for anyone who wanted their first or second doses saw 89 people coming forward to get the jab.
Noble added: “We know that life has started to return to some sort of normality recently, but as a club we wanted to remain vigilant to the threat caused by the virus and to ensure that the AESSEAL New York Stadium is a safe environment for everyone.
“I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank Andrea and her team for giving up their time last weekend to get more vaccines into people’s arms ahead of the Plymouth match.
“I don’t even want to think about where we would be without the continued selfless work of people like them and I know I speak on behalf of everyone at Rotherham United when I say just how grateful we are for their efforts.”
If you’re a key worker, and would like to get involved in the scheme, please complete your application form HERE.