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NHS duo star at Bramall Lane

5 May 2020

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Sheffield United, who have supported and backed the Government and NHS throughout the current Covid-19 pandemic, have made a noticeable change to the front of Bramall Lane, to further enhance the Club's appreciation of frontline and key workers.

Above the Superstore at the bottom of the Cherry Street car park, images have been updated and now feature Blades fans Yvonne Lait and Matt Cotton, who work alongside one of United's medical professionals, Dr. Subhashis Basu, within the A&E department at the Northern General Hospital.

This is further recognition from the Club of the NHS and the staff who continue to work tirelessly and unselfishly to help the local community and country fight the deadly virus.

The images of Yvonne and Matt, who recently visited S2 dressed in their NHS uniforms to have their photographs taken, where social distancing protocols were adhered to, now adorn the front of Bramall Lane, alongside skipper Billy Sharp and striker David McGoldrick, much to the delight of the hardworking duo, who reside in Handsworth and Southey respectively.

Following her visit to the Lane, Yvonne commented: "Having worked for over 22 years and spending the last seven in A&E, I can say this pandemic has majorly changed the dynamic of the emergency department, with the whole team having to adjust to these intense conditions and ever changing demands this virus is causing.

"We've tried to stay positive though and keep morale high amongst ourselves, despite all having personal worries. As a team we've continued to provide excellent care for those who have needed it most.

"I first started going to the Lane as a child with my dad, back when I fitted under the turnstiles! I still get to matches work permitting, but I'd love to go more. Unfortunately though, as a nurse I don't get every Saturday off!"

Matt, who was only too happy to be involved when asked, continued: "Working on the front line through this pandemic is strange and really challenging, but it is our job and it's what we do best.

"To be asked by the Club I love and support to be part of something special like this is the icing on the cake for me.

"I moved to the city in 1993 and have followed the Club through thick and thin since. It's been full of highs and lows, but there is nowhere like beautiful downtown Bramall Lane!"

United's operations director Dave McCarthy added: "We thought as a Premier League Club that it would be fitting to have the images of two local Blades supporting representatives of the NHS standing side-by-side with Billy (Sharp) and David (McGoldrick).

"The work of those in the NHS, along with all other key workers and volunteers, continues to be admired and appreciated by everyone; not only those associated with the Blades, but also across our region and indeed the whole country.

"Having Yvonne and Matt's images emblazoned on the South Stand cladding signifies the work and bravery, on a daily basis, of those within the NHS throughout this period in our history."

This is the latest significant show of support from the Club, who last month projected an image on Bramall Lane's hallowed turf thanking the NHS for all the work they are doing, both locally and across the UK.

The Bramall Lane car park continues to be used free of charge by NHS staff, whilst members of United staff have also been given the green light to sign up for the NHS volunteering scheme in lieu of regular day-to-day duties at the Club.

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