A group of Hartlepool United supporters are planning on rewarding fans who work in the NHS, when football is able to return.

The South East Poolies, an organisation based in Kent who follow Pools in the National League home and away, are raising funds to pay for an executive box in sponsoring a game at Victoria Park – and invite NHS staff to use it to recognise their efforts during the coronavirus epidemic.

Pools were due to play their final away game of the season this weekend at Bromley, and the South East Poolies had arranged a snooker night against members of the Corner Flag, the home of the club’s supporters association in Rainham, Kent, before the league was suspended.

Now they are turning their attentions to recognising the NHS heroes.

“Clubs at all levels are facing significant shortfalls in revenue streams, including season tickets and commercial income,’’ said secretary Stu Miller.

“Donations are great, but they really are a very short-term fix and won’t help to address the impending recession that is likely to follow. As a branch we have set up a page where donations can be made to purchase a Hospitality Box for a game which will allow ten people the chance to watch Pools in style.

“This season’s price is £650 and we already have over £500 pledged.

“The box will be for the use of local NHS staff as a thank you for everything they have done during the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are very aware that there are many other heroes who are at risk in front facing roles including, but not exclusively; police, care homes, prisons, border force, supermarket, pharmacies, the list really is endless.

“However, this will be reserved for the heroes of the NHS, ensuring that they will have a day to remember as a thank you, whilst at the same time helping the club financially.’’

To donate, visit southeastpoolies.com