WARRINGTON Wolves have launched a new charity shirt which is inspired by former player and coach Paul Darbyshire (pictured right) who tragically died last year.
The Wolves are showing their new true colours in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND).
A club spokesperson said: “Following the support and interest of the Warrington public towards last year’s charity shirt the club have once again chosen a charity close to its heart.
“Last year the club and supporters learned of the sad passing of former player and coach Paul Darbyshire who had suffered from Motor Neurone Disease.”
MND is a disease of the nervous system and attacks the nerves that control movement.
The spokesperson said: “People with MND can still think and feel, but their muscles weaken and waste, leaving them locked into a failing body, unable to move, walk or talk.”
“There are about 5,000 people in the UK living with MND at any one time. There is currently no diagnostic test, very little alleviating treatment and no cure. The MND Association is a leader in the funding and promotion of the world’s most groundbreaking and pioneering research into MND.”
The shirt and training top incorporate the striking bright colours of the charity and are on sale in WolfWare and online.
The team will wear the shirt when Leeds Rhinos come to The Halliwell Jones Stadium in round 17 on Sunday June 10 at 3pm. An awareness campaign will run before the game and on match day a bucket collection will be held for the charity.
Ben Sharpe, corporate fundraising officer of MND, said: “The support of such a sporting giant is vital for us to help achieve our vision of a world free of MND, with their support and that of their supporters we will be able to help local people living with, and affected by the disease.”
A £5 donation will be made to the charity from the sale of each charity replica shirt and a £2.50 from each charity training top sold.
The club would like to pass on their appreciation to the current shirt sponsors: Bensons for Beds, University of Chester, Warrington Fabrications, Maxilead Metals, Magners and Total Steelwork and Fabrication Ltd for their support.
Warrington fans can also send a donation to MND by sending WOLF01 plus the amount to 70070.
Further information about MND is available from the website www.mndassociation.org or facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mndassociation
Chris Bridge is pictured wearing the charity shirt and Mike Cooper the training shirt.