Aintree Racecourse will change the name of the first day of the Grand National Festival 2021 and dedicate it to the NHS.

Confirming the news this morning on Aintree Racecourse's official Twitter account, organisers said thank you to NHS staff for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

This year's Grand National Festival was due to take place from today - Thursday, April 2 - however was cancelled two weeks ago to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Looking ahead to next year, the first day of the festival, which falls on Thursday, April 8 will be called 'Liverpool's NHS Day'.

As well as the name change, organisers says the whole day will "be dedicated to our NHS heroes".

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Its tweet said: "#ThankYouNHS.

"Liverpool's NHS Day

"We will donating 10,000 tickets to the @NHSuk for the first day of the 2021 @RandoxHealth Grand National Festival.

"The day will also be dedicated to our NHS heroes and be renamed Liverpool's NHS Day."

It is something that has, at some point, touched all our lives.

From cradle to grave, the National Health Service, and the incredible professionals within it who care for us, is a part of British life.

Today, more than ever, we should cherish those who dedicate themselves to our care, heedless of their own health as they work tirelessly to care for people in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nurses and others - employed by the NHS and any other part of health and care - we have never needed them more.

So let’s show them some love, and create a living map of gratitude from every corner of Britain.

Click HERE to drop a heart on the map, and show you appreciate the efforts undertaken daily in the NHS.

Thanks a million, NHS workers - we love you.

Last week people across the country stood on their doorsteps or leaned out their windows and joined in a clap to honour the NHS workers on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.

Aintree's Grand National Festival 2021 will take place from Thursday, April 8 - Saturday, April 10.

However, for those missing the action from the course already this year, ITV will be screening a Virtual Grand National at 5pm on Saturday, April 4.