Parliamentary Rugby League Group Supports Saints Pink Vee Shirt
The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group today endorsed Saints’ Pink Vee shirt in the fight to beat breast cancer.
Saints will play in the unique shirt against Catalans on Friday 15th July to raise money for the Burney Breast Cancer Unit at St Helens Hospital and to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. Saints are taking a collection at the Super League game and the club is auctioning players’ shirts after the match. A limited number of replica shirts are available from the Saints superstore, with all proceeds of which go direct to the unit.
Mark Ramsdale, Secretariat to the Parliamentary Group and Saints fan (on the left of the picture) collected his own replica jersey from the Saints superstore, saying “Everybody knows someone affected by cancer, particularly by breast cancer. It’s wonderful that my home-town club has decided to support a fantastic cause through the simple but powerful gesture of changing their iconic Red Vee to pink and I for one will wear mine with great pride.”
Supporting Saints’ work, St Helens North MP and Group Member Dave Watts (on the right hand side of the picture) said “It’s a great thing that Saints are able to support such an important and vital cause. The Burney Breast Cancer Unit is renowned for its highly-skilled staff and provides an outstanding service in St Helens. Their work helps detect and support more than 200 cases of breast cancer a year. With ongoing support from Saints and the fans, the unit will continue its great work.
On behalf of the Rugby League Group, Chairman Greg Mulholland MP said “Rugby League clubs are at the heart of the communities they serve and this is typical of the good work Super League clubs do to raise awareness and money for worthy causes. Saints have one of the most well-known shirts in the sport and it’s wonderful to see a Super League club like Saints give something back to the community in such an innovative way.”
Based at St Helens Hospital, the Burney Breast Cancer unit provides a one-stop clinic with rapid access for patients requiring screening and a range of treatments. The dedicated team at Unit helped launch Saints’ home and away kits at the beginning of the season. Saints CEO Tony Colquitt thinks these partnerships are an important part of any club. “Saints have a long history of supporting local causes”, he said. “I like to think we have some of the most dedicated fans in the Super League and we as a club never take that for granted. We think it’s vital to give something back to our community and raising funds for the Burney Breast Cancer Unit in this way is just one of the many ways we can do that. I hope that we get a big turnout against the Catalans and can raise a significant sum for the unit and its team.”
For more information, including how to purchase a Pink Vee shirt, visit http://www.saintsrlfc.com/news/page/1031