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McAlister Praises Emergency Service Staff and NHS

5 April 2017

Midfielder Speaks From Experience Ahead Of Ticket Initiative This Weekend

Jim McAlister has praised the work of the emergency services and NHS ahead of Blackpool’s free ticket initiative this weekend. 

The club’s home fixture against Grimsby Town has been dubbed Services Saturday, with free tickets being offered to emergency service staff, the NHS and Armed Forces personnel. 

For McAlister, who is currently recovering from a broken tibia, the gesture is good to see, given the treatment he received from doctors, paramedics and nurses when he sustained his injury against Colchester United in February. 

“I’m really grateful for the actions of those responding to my injury and the medical assistance I received, on the pitch, in the ambulance and at the hospital,” the 31-year-old said.  

“The care and consideration was first class and just highlights the fantastic job these people do on a daily basis, sometimes under great strain and pressure. 

“It’s something we shouldn’t take for granted and I’m pleased that the club is acknowledging that by offering out free tickets.”

The blue light offer from the club is in place as a thank-you to those who ensure public safety and health, enforce the law, protect lives and deal with medical emergencies. It is open to those in the police, fire service, RNLI and Armed Forces, as well as health service, throughout Lancashire.

“These people show incredible bravery and dedication, putting themselves at risk for the benefit of others. They deserve to be recognised for doing it,“ McAlister added. 

Those eligible for tickets can obtain them by visiting the Blackpool FC ticket office with a relevant ID badge or card by 5pm on Friday (7 April).

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