Squad members from the 2016-17 season auctioned their match-worn shirts
More than £11,000 has been raised for Plymouth Hospitals Charity, thanks to Plymouth Argyle players.
Squad members from the Pilgrims' 2016/17 campaign auctioned off their match-worn shirts to raise funds.
The white away shirt with the green band was recently voted the winner of the 'World Cup of Kits' on the club's official Twitter account - which gave former Pilgrims midfielder Antoni Sarcevic an idea:
“I saw that season's kit had won the club's vote for the best ever, and I thought about how we could try and use it for a good cause.
"I got in touch with the lads from that season and we agreed it would be a positive thing to donate the shirts to auction for the NHS."
The players agreed, in partnership with Plymouth Argyle Football Club (PAFC), that funds raised from the shirt auction would be donated to Plymouth Hospitals Charity.
The charity benefits patients and staff at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, some of whom are currently carrying out antenatal and phlebotomy work in a temporary workplace at Home Park Stadium.
Sarcevic was the first to donate his shirt to the cause, and the auction of more shirts from Antoni's promotion-winning teammates has now raised over £11,000.
The donation will be divided to support two important causes. The first is the refurbishment of the area surrounding the wildlife pond at Derriford Hospital which acts as a wellbeing area for staff and patients.
The second is an initiative set up by the Manager of one of Derriford’s COVID wards, Leann Sherlock.
She and her team have been giving "gift boxes" to patients on admission to the ward containing things like colouring books, pens, crossword puzzles and photo frames.
Leann initially put out a request on Facebook and was met with an amazing response from the local community.
Leann says that Argyle’s incredibly generous donation will help the team continue to provide morale boosting gift bags for isolated patients:
“I would like to say a huge thank you to Antoni and PAFC for their very generous donation.
The money will help towards items to keep our patients occupied. It has been gratefully received by our patients who can feel very isolated during their admission especially having no visitors.”
To find out more about how you can fundraise or make a donation to Plymouth Hospitals Charity, please visit: https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/charity-home.