For the first time in the Club’s history, Ipswich Town will carry the name of a charity on the back of the first-team shirt for the 2017/18 season.
After considering many fantastic local organisations, Ipswich Town FC has opted to promote the terrific work done by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The EACH name will appear on both home and away shirts worn by the players on match-day with the ground-breaking partnership also seeing a number of other benefits to the charity. The EACH name will also appear on the back of the shirts worn by the Ipswich Town Ladies team.
EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk as well as Suffolk and currently have more than 800 people benefiting from their service.
They rely on donations for the majority of their income and each year they need to raise more than £5 million from fundraising alone.
Slight changes in the rules regarding shirt ‘sponsorship’ have allowed Town to utilise the space on the back for the coming season with of course the charity’s name appearing on the shirt free of charge.
Ipswich Town FC MD, Ian Milne, said: “It’s something new for us and it’s an exciting concept which has been well received by the Club’s supporters.”
“The owner [Marcus Evans] was very keen for us to work with a local charity and it was a difficult decision on who to select because there is so much great work being done in the community by a number of organisations.
“We have decided to promote EACH this year. The manager and the players have seen firsthand the fantastic service and comfort they provide when they have visited The Treehouse at Christmas last year and in previous years.”
EACH Chief Executive, Graham Butland, said: “We’re thrilled to be benefiting from this unique opportunity. The care and support we offer to families is hugely important and the need to raise awareness is therefore great. This exciting partnership will undoubtedly be a boost to everyone involved with EACH and we look forward to working with Ipswich Town over the year and wish them every success on the pitch.”
Source : Ipswich Town FC