More than 600 sold already as Club extend support of NHS
Town have introduced club branded face coverings to help to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and they are already proving a hit with more than 600 snapped up within 48 hours of going on sale.
The face coverings continue the Club’s support of the NHS, with a percentage of all sales going towards the local East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, specifically the Colchester and Ipswich Hospital’s Charity.
Town’s first-team shirts for next season will be carrying a ‘Thank You NHS’ on the back of the shirt.
Supporters will have the option to add the ‘thank you’ message to their replica shirts for a nominal fee of £3.50, with all proceeds going to the local NHS.
Blues have also offered the Club’s facilities at Portman Road and the training ground to the NHS.
The two styles of face coverings are available for pre-order online, with delivery expected within the next three to four weeks.
The face coverings are re-usable and washable at 60 degrees, as recommended by the NHS. They are made with a 100% cotton inner layer and polyester outer, providing comfort for the wearer, and are manufactured with ear loops for immediate application and an adjustable rear velcro fastening for additional comfort and stability.
“Having being inundated with requests from Town fans for a branded face covering, and having seen a number of unofficial examples of these being offered for sale, we have taken the decision to release our own official face coverings,” Lee Hyde, Town’s director of retail operations, told the Club website.
“There were a number of key elements to consider with regards to what we offered, and whether to offer anything at all.
“Firstly, it was essential that anything we chose to sell did not impact upon any PPE [personal protective equipment] shortages currently being experienced across the globe, within the NHS and other key worker industries. The face coverings are not produced for these purposes or taken from these stockpiles.
“Secondly, we were keen to ensure the sales of such products could provide an opportunity to add to the funds we are already committed to raising as a Club for the local NHS partner. It’s key that this product is a vehicle for these donations to be increased.”
Current UK Government advice is for members of the public to wear face coverings on public transport and in enclosed spaces. The face covering should be used alongside other government recommended measures to control the spread of Covid-19, such as social distancing, washing your hands regularly and not touching your face.
It is important to stress that these face coverings are not to be used as a replacement for any medical grade PPE requirements. In circumstances where medical grade PPE is required, you should consult a health care professional. The decision to wear this face covering is solely the choice of the wearer.
Follow the latest advice of the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, the UK Government and your own GP as to how best keep yourself safe.