Ipswich Town to pay tribute to NHS heroes on their shirts

Ipswich Town are to pay tribute to the work of the NHS during the coronavirus crisis by carrying a special message on their shirts.

From next season, the club will sport a ‘thank you NHS’ message on the back of the home and away shirts.

It's not the first time the League One club have shown support for the region's unsung heroes. The Suffolk side has already carried the logos of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and East Anglian Air Ambulance to highlight those charities.

The head of the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals, said he was stunned by the gesture.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown towards the NHS during the pandemic. This gesture from Ipswich Town is warmly received and we know many of our colleagues will look forward to cheering the Club on when football begins once again.”

Nick Hulme

In a statement on the club's website, Lee Hyde, the director of the club's retail operations said: “It’s a message that shows the gratitude of everybody associated with the Football Club.

It's not the only support the club will be giving, Club owner Marcus Evans has also pledged to personally donate 5% of all 2020/21 season ticket revenue received by May 7 to the NHS, again to be used locally.

The shirt move follows a similar salute to service from Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, who will carry the message instead of a shirt sponsor during the next campaign.

Hibs have also highlighted health heroes Credit: Hibernian