AFC Bournemouth are proud to be supported by and partnered with several businesses who are doing their bit in the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19.
A number of the club’s partners are providing essential services, donating essentials or showing their support of the country’s hard-working NHS staff involved with keeping people safe from coronavirus.
Here’s what businesses’ the club is linked with are doing, and as a club, AFC Bournemouth are proud of their efforts in a tough time for everyone.
Tops Day Nurseries
Junior Cherries partners Tops Day Nurseries have remained open for Key Workers during this stressful time.
They've had a fantastic response from emergency services and many NHS workers who are able to keep their children at their local Tops nursery whilst they continue working on the front line.
The staff and children have also been doing some lovely bits in the community. Tops Wareham have been busy writing to the elderly residents at the local care home who we would usually visit as part of their Intergenerational project.
Tops Winchester have also been creating arts and crafts goodie bags and leaving them on the doorsteps of nursery children family homes who are unfortunately self-isolating.
Our regional supporters Vodafone have been #KeepingTheUKConnected during this tough period. They have put together a video to thank staff at the NHS, an organisation who are one of Vodafone’s largest customers. See it here.
The network provider is also responsible for the NHS 111 service which they have made entirely free for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. You can read more here.
Bournemouth University has been helping people in different ways fighting COVID-19 on the frontline.
Official partners of the club, they have been supporting the NHS by donating boxes of PPE from BU's teaching, practice and fieldwork stores. The university are working tirelessly to ensure that their provisions can be used to help those most in need at this difficult time.
In addition, the University have also been supporting Poole Hospital’s testing capabilities as as well as helping Nepal’s response to COVID-19.
Additionally, Professor Keith Brown has been assisting the NHS Covid-19 Emergency Response, working with the Deputy Directors of Nursing and Safeguarding for NHS England to produce weekly videos to help NHS and community workers identify people at risk of being scammed.
Criminals are exploiting the pandemic to scam elderly and vulnerable people who are likely to be self-isolating at home.
David Lloyd gym in Poole have donated their food supplies to Poole Hospital to not only provide those in need with a selection of different foods, but to also help feed the NHS staff working tirelessly.
Hendy Group are ensuring key workers stay mobile by keeping four of their dealerships open for aftersales work throughout the Government shutdown.
Garages are allowed to stay open to allow for essential repairs or services and Hendy has already assisted a high volume of key workers who have required work since the Government enforced its guidelines.
Medhurst Communications have donated computers to allow children to learn from home during school closures.
They’ve provided provide pupils in Portsmouth with the free loan of 20 additional computers. In order to prevent any coronavirus risk, all computers have been cleaned with antibacterial solution and supplied with a new mouse and keyboard.
Key workers in Bournemouth and Poole and the surrounding area can now use their bus tickets for either Morebus or Yellow Buses - regardless of which operator issued them - to travel across any of the operators’ buses in the region.
The companies are working together to allow those who carry out vital roles to travel easily, regardless of which operator their ticket originated from.
With people working from home, ESET are offering a free 90-day complimentary license for their services so people can keep their families safe online.
Wave 105 has launched ‘Open for Business’ as a support mechanism for businesses to promote their services during these difficult times. This initiative has been hugely well received with over 450 businesses listing within the first week of release.
You can view the directory & upload your free listing by clicking on this link (please note that due to the current demand for the directory, any new entries will be processed within up to five working days).
AECC University College
The Chiropractic Clinic at AECC University College is offering a free telephone consultancy service, giving advice and support over the phone, and describing exercises and giving self-help advice. They have created videos which they are sharing, of exercises to help patients and they are conducting face-to-face interviews where necessary via Skype.
The clinic is also in discussions with larger organisations to support their staff from suffering from back and neck pain when working from home. Whilst it’s not the same as ‘hands-on’ treatment, it is making the most of technology that is available to support people in pain in these very unusual times.
The free telephone consultancy service is open Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm. To arrange an appointment, please call 01202 436222 and leave your name and a contact telephone number.
Trethowans are offering a 15% discount to all NHS staff and Key Workers on new Will preparation, to thank them for their support during this difficult time.
In order to adhere to social distancing requirements, Trethowans can take instructions over a video link – Zoom, WhatsApp and Skype to name a few. For those without the technology or who have bad internet connection, Trethowans are finding more inventive ways such as taking instructions through your ground floor window or through car doors, or even outside in a field at a safe distance apart!
To claim your 15% discount, contact Trethowans on 01202 673 071 and let them know you qualify when you get in touch.