Charity initiative, Concert for Carers, together with O2, has today announced that more venues, including The OVO Hydro, SEC Armadillo, and Lomond Auditorium Glasgow, have joined the movement to provide free tickets to every show to NHS and paid Care workers.
Founded by former music venue executives, Concerts for Carers, together with O2, is a registered charity created to promote the mental health and wellbeing of NHS staff and paid Care workers, particularly – but not exclusively – by providing access to free music tickets all year round.
The SEC is the latest venue to join the growing roster of locations across the UK with tickets being made available from today at the OVO Hydro, SEC Armadillo and Lomond Auditorium Glasgow.
Other venues that have already partnered with Concerts for Carers include The O2, Motorpoint arena Cardiff, O2 Academy Bristol, O2 Victoria Warehouse, O2 Ritz and O2 Apollo Manchester, O2 Newcastle City Hall and O2 Guildhall Southampton adding to the list of 27 venues up and down the country offering free tickets to NHS and paid Carers.
Since its launch, Concerts for Carers has seen 25,000 NHS and paid Care workers register to enter for tickets to over 250 shows. Together with O2, more than 2,250 tickets worth over £155,000 have been given away for top music concerts such as Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Tom Jones, Elton John, Sean Mendes, Justin Bieber and Queen and Adam Lambert and many others.
And over the next six months, NHS and paid Care workers will have the opportunity to see live performances from the like of Blondie, Emeli Sande, Dua Lipa, Foals, Bastille, Bakar and many more.
Debbie McWilliams, Director of Live Entertainment at SEC, said: “We all owe our NHS and paid care staff a tremendous debt of gratitude for the work they have done and continue to do and we are delighted to be able to support Concerts for Carers by giving back to them in this way.”
Mark Lambert, Co-Founder of Concerts for Carers, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with the SEC who are generously providing sets of tickets to all of the shows at the Scottish Event Campus to NHS and paid care staff registered with Concerts for Carers. The SEC is the latest venue to be added to our growing list of venues across the UK, helping us further our mission throughout the UK in partnership with the O2 in recognising and giving thanks to those who are there for us when we need it most.”
Nuala Donnelly, Head of Music Partnerships and Sponsorship at Virgin Media O2, said: “O2’s partnership with Concerts for Carers is instrumental in our ambitions to thank NHS and Paid Carers and what better way to do this than giving them access to some of the best live events and concerts in the UK.”
How does the scheme work?
Having now secured agreement from some of the UK’s leading live music destinations, including The O2, the organisation is looking for £100,000 to achieve its goal. Eligible beneficiaries can register now at www.concertsforcarers.org.uk. Those that wish to contribute towards this fantastic initiative and be part of creating something that truly honours NHS workers and paid carers, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/concertforcarers.