The first batch of Oxford United face masks are on their way.
Yesterday around 10,000 fabric masks arrived at the Kassam Stadium and this morning staff, including Manager Karl Robinson, volunteered to come in and despatch the masks.
This morning’s batch will be distributed to the NHS, local charities, the city and county councils and a number of Oxford United in the Community’s partners across Oxfordshire. Batch 2 will see around 2,000 masks sent by post to season ticket holders aged over 55 and some higher risk supporters who have been in touch with the club over the last few days.
Karl, who personally delivered masks to the Oxford Vaccine Centre and Sobell House among others, told us
“First of all I want to thank the staff for volunteering to come in and help this morning. Everyone at the club is doing their best to play their part at the moment, whether that is calls to fans, volunteering with the NHS, or helping in their local community. I think we can feel very proud as a group of people and the team spirit really shone through this morning.
“It’s a great gesture from T9ger and the Board and we believe they will make a difference. Rightly, the first batch will go to the NHS and people on the front line in this battle but supporters should be getting theirs later in the week and we hope that everyone is safe and well and looking forward to a day when we can all be back watching Oxford United play again.”
The masks have been tested and we hope they make a difference but we would like to remind fans that while masks can help they are not the best solution. The best way to save lives is to stay at home and to stay safe.