First-team look for 2020/21 will carry message of thanks to healthcare heroes
Town will be acknowledging the outstanding work of the NHS on the first-team shirts for the 2020/21 season.
A simple ‘thank you NHS’ message will be depicted on the back of the home and away shirts for the new campaign as the Club pay respects to the vital role of the healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
Town’s partnership with the NHS for 20/21 follows the previous three years where Blues have carried the logos of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and East Anglian Air Ambulance on the back of the shirts to spotlight those charities.
Supporters will have the option to add the ‘thank you NHS’ branding to their replica shirts for a nominal fee of £3.50, with all proceeds going to the local NHS.
“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown towards the NHS during the pandemic,” said Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals.
“This gesture from Ipswich Town is warmly received and we know many of our colleagues will look forward to cheering the Club on when football begins once again.”
Town’s director of retail operations, Lee Hyde, told the Club website: “It’s fantastic to be able to support the NHS in this way with the critical role they are playing in protecting the people of the UK throughout this global pandemic.
“It’s a message that shows the gratitude of everybody associated with the Football Club, as well giving the fans the opportunity to add the branding to their 2020/21 shirts and in turn raising funds directly for the NHS.”
Town’s director of sales, Rosie Richardson, added: “We are honoured to be working with and supporting the NHS in these unprecedented times, not only through offering the use of the Club’s facilities for blood donor sessions and training sessions but also through our personal thank you on the back of next season’s shirts.”
In addition to the back of shirt tribute, Club owner Marcus Evans has also pledged to personally donate 5% of all 2020/21 season ticket revenue received by May 7 to the NHS, again to be used locally.