MANCHESTER CITY shirts have been transformed into hospital gowns to help lift the spirits of young supporters during treatments.
The garments – in the club’s famous sky blue colours – have been donated to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
And the hope is they will help, support and improve the experience for children undergoing treatment and care.
Over the last 12 months, the gowns have been designed and created with input from the hospital, the Manchester Fashion Institute and HMPPS.
Families of some of the hospital patients also had an input to ensure they will wear something comfortable but upto standards.
Prototype gown samples were developed and tested with the textile teams at HMPPS, who manufactured the gowns for the project,
Managing director Danny Wilson said: “Manchester City are delighted to give children at the hospital the option to wear their City blue colours whilst in hospital.
“If we can make even a small difference to their experience through the donation of these gowns, we’ll be extremely proud.”
Cath Doherty, Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, said: “Surgery can be a tough time for a young patient so anything that can help put their mind at ease is welcomed.
“We can’t wait to see their faces when we show them what they can wear for theatre.
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Young City fan Declan McEntee – who has also raised funds for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity said: “Hospital gowns are never the most comfortable or fashionable.
“These City gowns will give patients one less thing to worry about during times of stress when they may be feeling very daunted.”
The project is part of a huge off field effort by the Premier League champions to do their bit during the Covid pandemic.
Their Etihad campus home has played a pivotal role to benefit the city of Manchester over the past 15 months and is currently being used as a vaccination centre.
More than 350 nursing staff working across Manchester, including within local community care and children’s settings were trained at the Etihad Stadium.
The ‘Cityzens Giving for Recovery’ initiative is continuing to support those in their time of need.
To date more than £1million has been raised via crowdfunding across the City Football Group, for targeted projects near each of the Group’s ten clubs across the globe.
City midfielder Phil Foden said: “We are really proud to play for a Club with such a strong connection with our community here in Manchester and our communities all around the world.
“As players, we know off the pitch everyone has been working hard to help people around the world to recover from Covid.
“It’s really special that while we’ve been training at CFA, the NHS have also been helping so many people on the Etihad Campus.
“We’re so fortunate to have fans literally all over the world and we’ve been really proud to support Cityzens Giving for Recovery which is helping people in so many different countries.”
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