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CONCORD RANGERS Chairman, Antony Smith, explained the thinking behind a huge banner at the Beach Boys Aspect Arena, displaying gratitude to the NHS.
Smith has regularly taken to social media to champion the efforts of the NHS and frontline workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, his admiration stretched back much further than the recent global issues as he explained to Yellow Sport.
“We are pleased with the banner – It is a token of thanks from all of us at Concord Rangers Football Club and I’m sure far beyond as well.
“I had an awful experience with my daughter when she was only two-years-old – the NHS saved her life. You never forget things like that and I wanted to display our support for them.”
The Beach Boys Chairman has made constant donations to the NHS and following the outbreak. His close friend, Rod Hall, from Canvey-based Design4Print, has been producing and supplying visors. Adding further support, Smith set up a JustGiving page, inviting people to donate £5 of which £1 would be directed to another charity close to his heart, the Indee Rose Trust.
“We have raised coles to £8,000 and supplied around 1,250 visitors to the NHS, carers, doctors surgeries and others in need. It has been a terrific effort from the local community and we thank them for donating so generously.”