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18 August 2021

BURTON Albion Chairman Ben Robinson has been presented with a special plaque from the grateful staff and volunteers who run the Pirelli Stadium Vaccination Centre.

The centre opened at the home of Burton Albion last December and has notched up more than 125,000 doses since then.

Roy Burton, the Vaccination Centre Manager, said: “All the NHS staff and volunteers wanted to thank the Chairman for allowing the ground to be used free of charge for this tremendous effort.

“We didn’t want his foresight and belief in this project to go unnoticed.  Roy Smith, one of the volunteers, organised the plaque and with the money left over from donations we bought the chairman a vintage bottle of red wine.

“The Vaccination Centre has been a major success thanks to the efforts of the club, Burton Albion Community Trust, the NHS and the 90 volunteers who give up their time to make it work.

“There are 60 to 70 volunteers working every time the Vaccination Centre is open and we will continue to deliver doses with phase three, booster doses, hopefully starting in September.”

Ben Robinson said: “The Vaccination Centre has been a huge success and we are very proud here at Burton Albion of having played our part in the pandemic response.

“I would like to thank everyone for this plaque which was a big surprise. But this has been a great team effort involving our charity Burton Albion Community Trust, the football club, NHS professionals and of course the volunteers who have been brilliant, and without them it could not have happened.”

Pictured left to right are: Roy Burton, Ben Robinson and Roy Smith.

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