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CHARITY: Sports Shirt Friday

4 September 2013

United players encourage fundraisers to get their kit on

Every Saturday Danny Livesey, Lee Miller and Liam Noble pull on the iconic blue Carlisle United shirt and go to work and this September a local hospice and the football club are encouraging you to do the same.

On Friday 20 September, Eden Valley Hospice will host their brand new campaign, Sports Shirt Friday. The Hospice and Carlisle United are encouraging businesses, schools, pubs and clubs to swap their uniforms, shirts and ties for their favourite sports shirt for the day.

Carlisle United Club Captain Lee Miller said: “Sports Shirt Friday is a fantastic way for Hospice supporters, Carlisle United supporters and the local community to support Eden Valley Hospice. 

“It would be fantastic if businesses and schools throughout Cumbria are filled with Carlisle United shirts but, no matter what shirt you wear - from football to hockey - it is a fantastic and easy way to support the Hospice.”

For just £2 per person, staff, employees and pupils can replicate their sporting idols by pulling on their favourite sports kit and supporting Eden Valley Hospice. 

Whether fundraisers just pull on a sports shirt, or transform the day into action packed day of sports themed fundraising, all of the money raised will help the Hospice’s dedicated team of nurses care for local adults and children with life limiting illnesses.


“For a sad time the Hospice made it fun”

A local football mad family, who received two special, heart warming letters from their beloved football club during a very difficult time for their family earlier this year, are encouraging you to pull on your sports shirts and support the local hospice.

Newcastle United fans and season ticket holders Nigel, Nickie, Kieran and Josh Pritchard received a letter from manager Alan Pardew on behalf of the North East club and an email from Magpies legend Kevin Keegan whilst Nigel was being cared for at Eden Valley Hospice.

Nigel’s son Kieran, 12, explained: “We were all very happy and excited when we received the letter and email from Alan Pardew and Kevin Keegan. Dad didn’t believe it at first so we had to explain it to him.”

Sadly on Thursday 20 June Nigel lost his three year battle with malignant melanoma and now his son’s, Kieran and Josh, are encouraging the local community to sign up for the Hospice’s very first Sports Shirt Friday on Friday 20 September.

Kieran continued: “People should wear their favourite sports shirt to raise money and support Eden Valley Hospice. We didn’t realise until we were at the Hospice how important it is and how much they do at Eden Valley Hospice. We all want to keep on fundraising.”

Josh, 7, concluded: “For a sad time the Hospice made it fun.”

Will you or your businesses be taking part in Sports Shirt Friday? Can you help Eden Valley Hospice care for local families with life limiting illnesses? 

To see a 'behind the scenes' clip from our photo shoot with Kieran and Josh, click HERE and go to our official YouTube channel.

For more information about Sports Shirt Friday contact the Fundraising Team on 01228 817 613 or visit 

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