Rainbows staff with mascot Bow Bear getting their kit off (L-R) Philip Yorkstone, Tom Stanyard, Bow Bear, Sanjay Gogna and Matt Winn.
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People is calling on footy mad men to ‘Get their kit off’ to help with a shortage of menswear in their Leicestershire shops. As football fever grips the nation with the Euro 2016 tournament, the charity felt it was apt to ask the males of the community to send their ‘kit’ to its shops. Retail sales directly benefit the hospice, which currently cares for 369 children and young people with life-limiting or terminal illnesses as well as supporting 341 bereaved families and 677 siblings. Selling clothes worth £5 could supply oxygen for a child who requires specialist breathing equipment for a day, £20 could help to fund a music therapy session and £25 could help fund the cost of one week’s play materials. Karen Bilsby, Head of Retail at Rainbows, said: “We are very low on men’s clothing at the moment so we need all you men to have a clear out of your wardrobes and send your unwanted garments our way. Football shirts and training gear are welcome but it isn’t just your footy kit we need, we are also after trousers, shirts, t-shirts, shorts, jumpers and jackets.” Donations can be made at the Rainbows shops in Forge Corner, Blaby; Coventry Road, Market Harborough; Sherrard Street, Melton or at the hospice in Loughborough. As of July 7, the new shop in Cattlemarket, Loughborough, will be open and accepting donations. For more information on Rainbows shops, visit www.rainbows.co.uk/shops or contact 01509 638000.