Norwich City kit auction raises thousands for Norfolk hospitals

Shirts worn by Norwich City players and other football-related items from the club have raised £15,243.42 for Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

Among the highlights were a Norwich City squad signed shirt which sold on the auction site eBay for £780 and a pair of shorts worn by Todd Cantwell which sold for £107.

Other shirts included those worn by players for the club’s game against Preston North End on Good Friday which featured an NHS rainbow logo.

In total, 44 items were sold with proceeds from the auctions split between the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the James Paget University Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

The club decided to raise funds to support staff and give back to those who have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The auction was the latest COVID-19 initiative run by the club over the past 12 months which has included club employees calling the lonely and vulnerable for a chat and delivering cakes and signed shirts to care homes and hospitals.

Head of Fundraising at the N&N Hospitals Charity Louise Cook said: “We are so grateful to Norwich City Kit Manager Pete Dye and everyone at the club who have raised this incredible amount for our hospital.

“Our staff have truly gone above and beyond in treating patients during the pandemic and we are delighted that this money raised through the club will go directly to supporting the welfare of our staff.”

Maxine Taylor, Charity Co-ordinator for James Paget University Hospital, said: “Thank you so much Norwich City Football Club and everyone involved in making this happen – what a fantastic amount raised!

“The monies will be used to support the welfare of our staff, who over the last year have worked tirelessly to support the local community and treat patients at our hospital.”

Head of Staff Engagement & Events at QEH, Amanda-Jane Weir added: “We are so very thankful and truly humbled for the hard work and kindness demonstrated by Pete and his colleagues at Norwich City Football Club. The money raised will have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of our staff at QEH who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”