Retail workers invited to register for free tickets to Virgin Radio’s and The Sun’s Big Thank You Tour.

Virgin Radio and The Sun yesterday opened registration for the Big Thank You Tour, offering key workers, including retailers, 35,000 free tickets across the UK for three very special arena shows in London, Manchester and Glasgow this autumn. The show in London at the SSE Arena, Wembley will also include The Suns Who Cares Wins award, to celebrate the staff that went above and beyond for their patients.

Virgin Radio and The Sun pull out all the stops to lay on three enormous national thank yous to our brave and brilliant Coronavirus key workers by packing each show with chart-topping talent and very special guest appearances.

To register simply go to bigthankyoutour.co.uk and fill in your details to be in with the chance of yourself and a plus one attending the exclusive event.

Anyone classed as a key worker during the Covid-19 crisis is eligible to apply, from NHS workers to shop assistants. You just have to select your area of employment and occupation on the form.

Registrations opened yesterday and will be open until the end of June. Once closed, a ticket ballot will be used to randomly select the winning entries. All attendees must be aged 14 or over and any under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Opening registration, Mike Cass, Content Director for the Virgin Radio network, said: “Our fantastic key workers have done the most amazing job of keeping Britain going through the coronavirus lockdown. We owe our brilliant bus drivers and posties, our fantastic shop workers and delivery drivers – and of course, our wonderful health and social care workers – the sun, the moon and the stars for their hard work and commitment.

“We can’t deliver on the first two, but stars we can do. And we plan to fill three of the biggest arenas in the UK chock-full of rock and pop royalty to entertain tens of thousands of key worker this autumn. If you’re a key worker, register now. And keep listening to Virgin Radio and reading The Sun as we start to make some very special announcements in the weeks to come.”

The Big Thank You Tour registration opens as The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Appeal hits a £1 million target less than a month in partnership with NHS Charities, in a bid to raise urgent funds for vital support to staff in their hour of need. Many celebrities have got behind the Who Cares Wins Appeal including Rob Rinder, Lorraine Kelly, Amanda Holden, Anthony Joshua, Claudia Winkleman, Eamonn Holmes and Christine Lampard.

Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together said: The money you’ve donated is being used right now by NHS charities to support staff, volunteers and patients in this unprecedented crisis. It helps charities across the UK meet the needs of staff, volunteers and patients – giving them somewhere comfortable so they can take a break, nutritious food and drink, electronic-tablets so patients, staff and volunteers can stay in contact with loved ones, counselling support to protect mental health and help staff and volunteers process what they are dealing with. Right now these things are invaluable and we’re able to provide them thanks to you – thank you.”

Victoria Newton, Editor-in-Chief of The Sun, said: “The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards recognise the hard work, dedication and sheer brilliance of our NHS staff from the porters to  the nurses to the surgeons. This year, with so many incredible heroic stories emerging from the national COVID-19 emergency, the Awards will be bigger than ever, and on a bigger stage than ever. And what better way to kick off the Big Thank You Tour, giving thousands of key workers a ‘thank you’ party to remember!”

News UK Retail Director Neil Spencer said: “Retailers have been the lifeblood of their local communities throughout this crisis and as an industry we are extremely grateful for all the work that has gone into ensuring our readers can still access their favourite newspapers at this time.  The Big Thank You Tour is a way to say thank you to all key workers, and I hope our retail heroes will be a big part of this, so please do get nominating.”

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