Northumbria teams up with Wallsend RFC for limited-edition jersey
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with Wallsend Rugby Club to launch a limited-edition jersey to raise funds to benefit its staff and patients.
In a unique partnership, the logos of the trust and its Bright charity will be on the club’s official away playing jersey for the forthcoming season.
The jersey, together with a training t-shirt and hoodie, have been custom-designed by sportswear brand STINGZ™, and are available to buy until the end of June directly from Wallsend RFC’s website www.wallsendrugbyclub.co.uk/club-shop
The idea behind the ‘Wallsend NHS Jersey’ was devised by STINGZ™ and the club as a gesture of respect to honour the hard work and dedication of NHS workers on the frontline battling the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bright, the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare, funds a wide range of health and care initiatives for patients and staff across North Tyneside and Northumberland.
Brenda Longstaff, head of Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright charity, said: “We are immensely proud that the NHS logo will adorn the new kit and are delighted that STINGZ™ and Wallsend RFC have decided to raise money for our Bright charity.
“This is an unprecedented time for the NHS and our teams across North Tyneside and Northumberland are working incredibly hard to go above and beyond the call of duty to respond to the increasing demands on our service.
“Communities pulling together to support one another has been a powerful and uplifting part of our response to this pandemic as a country and this is an excellent example of this happening right here.
“While funds raised will make a massive difference to our patients by improving their experiences of receiving care, and have a positive impact on our staff and volunteers, we hope this partnership will also boost the team on the pitch too.”
The replica Wallsend NHS jersey will cost £49 with the training t-shirt in the same design costing £29. The hoodie, which will be worn by the Wallsend coaches, can also be purchased for £48.
Duke McIntyre, Chairman of Wallsend RFC, said it was an honour to help frontline staff during these difficult times.
He said: “Helping such dedicated, hardworking people like those who are working on the frontline is a great honour.
“A lot of people are going through tough times at the moment, so to help our brave NHS workers and patients is something we jumped at the chance to support.
“It has taken a lot of careful planning by everyone involved, and hopefully we can raise a lot of money, with every penny of profit from sales going straight to Northumbria’s Bright charity.”
Mr McIntyre added: “I am immensely proud to put our name to this venture and I feel our journey as a club is really starting to gain momentum, not just in providing a place for people to enjoy the great sport of rugby, but also in giving back to those who need our support in difficult, uncertain times.”
This is a particularly poignant partnership for STINGZ™ co-founder Ernest Stobbs, from Wallsend, who is extremely proud to, not only work with his home rugby club, but also help raise money to support vital NHS projects in the north east.
He said: “We wanted a way to show our appreciation for the NHS and everything they are doing for people during these difficult times.
“To know that the profits raised from the jersey, t-shirt and hoodie will stay within North Tyneside and Northumberland and benefit local people, is important to me.
“We have all been touched by the enduring efforts of the NHS workers, putting their lives on the line to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. I think most of us will know someone who has been affected by this disease in some way, and if we can raise some money that can help patients and NHS workers then it is the least we can do to say thank you.”
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