Hull Kingston Rovers team up with RNLI for eye-catching new charity shirt
Hull Kingston Rovers have teamed up with the RNLI to launch a limited edition shirt to raise money for the vital charity that saves lives at sea.
First team stars Shaun Lunt, James Donaldson and James Greenwood joined the crew at Spurn Point’s Humber Lifeboat Station recently to unveil the striking new orange and blue design, which has been inspired by the lifejackets worn by RNLI crews to help keep them safe on search and rescue missions across the UK and Ireland.
Club kit manufacturer FI-TA Sportswear has already delivered 500 of the limited edition shirts for supporters and these will be available on a first come, first served basis, with a donation from each shirt going to the RNLI, a hugely worthy cause well-known to the people of Hull and the surrounding area.
Rovers will also offer additional support to the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign, which warns that water is dangerously unpredictable and aims to reduce drowning.
Hull KR CEO Mike Smith said: 'It is fantastic news for the club to associate themselves with such a well-known national charity, but especially one which strikes a chord with many of our supporters who are proud of the city’s seafaring history.
'Our partnership with the RNLI also allows us to build some relationships further afield given the service they offer to the coastal regions of the East Riding, whilst we as a club can play our part in helping to raise some much-needed funds for a charity that relies on donations.Our partnership with the RNLI also allows us to build some relationships further afield given the service they offer to the coastal regions of the East Riding, whilst we as a club can play our part in helping to raise some much-needed funds for a charity that relies on donations.
'We’ve already had the opportunity to meet the RNLI crew at Spurn Point and see first-hand what a fantastic job they do. We can’t thank them enough for their support in allowing us access to their lifeboat and pier to launch the campaign and we’re really excited about working with them again in the near future.We’ve already had the opportunity to meet the RNLI crew at Spurn Point and see first-hand what a fantastic job they do. We can’t thank them enough for their support in allowing us access to their lifeboat and pier to launch the campaign and we’re really excited about working with them again in the near future.
'I’m sure all our supporters are looking forward to seeing the team run out in this new kit against Leeds next month on what promises to be a great night for all involved. The whole evening will have an RNLI theme and will be centred on raising awareness and money for this worthy cause.'
Humber RNLI Coxswain Martyn Hagan said the support of Hull KR will be a huge boost to both the charity’s fundraising and its campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of water.
He added: ‘We all love the shirt and think it’s a brilliant way to make people think about how to keep themselves safe by the water, as well as raising vital funds for the RNLI.
‘Around 190 people die each year around the coast of the UK and Ireland and the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign is aiming to reduce that number. Men account for more than two thirds of coastal deaths and so having a club like Hull KR supporting our campaign and helping spread our safety messages can make a massive difference.
‘Our lifeboat crews provide a 24/7 lifesaving service so unfortunately we can’t all be at the match on 21st July. But the off-duty crew will be there and can’t wait to see the team run out on the pitch in their RNLI themed kit. Hopefully it will bring them a bit of good luck for the match!’
The club’s new limited edition RNLI shirt and training wear are available to order now online at hullkr.co.uk/shop or in store from 9am tomorrow morning. The shirts are priced at £50 for adults and £40 for juniors, with training wear priced from £30.
Additional RNLI activity will also take place on matchday when Rovers take on Leeds Rhinos at the Lightstream Stadium on Thursday, 21st July (8pm).
The fixture has attracted sell-out crowds for each of Leeds’ last two visits to east Hull and another bumper crowd is expected for the visit of the reigning treble winners, with further details on a big evening of entertainment to be announced in due course.
Tickets for the match are on sale now in store and online at hullkr.co.uk/tickets.
Supporters can use the code HULLKRWEB to get 15 per cent off their tickets when buying online before 5pm on Saturday, July 9th. This offer is not available in store or in conjunction with any other offer.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.