On Tuesday, sponsorship secretary Liz Sanderson, and club Chairman, Chris Day headed over to the Minor Injuries Unit in Ely on behalf of the club to present them with the donation raised from the #ThankyouNHS scheme we held during the summer.
In partnership with our kit manufacturer O’Neills we sold 3 limited edition t-shirt designs with the slogan #ThankYouNHS on them as well as Ely Tigers face masks to show our appreciation for the hard work the amazing staff of the NHS do. During the ongoing pandemic they have continued to work tirelessly while under added pressure and expectation to keep us and those we love safe. As a club we have experienced first hand how awful Covid-19 can be when senior player Stacy Mould had to be hospitalised while suffering from it.
In all we sold a massive 168 t-shirts and 36 face masks, raising a fantastic £1100 in the process! The popularity of the t-shirts surpassed even my greatest expectations and it was great to see them being bought by not only members of the Ely Tigers family but beyond, with shirts being sent out around the country and even as far as Spain.
The reason we chose the Minor Injuries Unit as the recipient of the donation is that it is a huge part of our local community, providing an essential service on our doorstep and it’s fair to say over the years many an Ely Tiger, including myself, has found themselves requiring their assistance, often on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon and we are truly grateful to them.
Erica Warner, Clinical and Operational Manager for the Minor Injury Units, said: “We are delighted that the players and staff from Ely Tigers have chosen to make their donation to the team at the Ely MIU via CPFT’s Head To Toe charity. The staff are proud to serve the community and provide the very best treatment and support to people across the area. It’s fantastic that their work has been recognised in this way. The team do so much to look after others, and we’ll make sure this generous donation is used to enhance the wellbeing of all our staff and the patients they serve.”
Meanwhile Community Fundraising Officer, Tom Petie said: “This is a fantastic donation from Ely Tigers which will really help us give some additional support to the staff that work in the Ely Minor Injuries Unit, and the patients who need their care. It’s really wonderful that the team have decided to show their gratitude to our staff for, in their words, ‘fixing them up’ over the years after matches. We’d like to thank everyone at the club for their support.”
Chairman Chris Day added “On top of what they said I would also like to add a huge thank you to Liz Sanderson and Adi Storey, who played a major part in getting this scheme off the ground. Liz in particular put in many hours of work going through emails, sorting payments and arranging deliveries. We are extremely lucky to have so many volunteers in the club who go above and beyond time and time again to help the club, it is always appreciated”
Keep an eye out on the social media pages over the coming weeks as we have some special plans for us as a club to help raise funds for and commemorate Remembrance Sunday.
Press release from Ely Tigers Rugby Club