Middlesbrough Football Club has raised £2,500 for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s therapeutic care team.

Middlesbrough raised the funds through an NHS clothing range as fans purchased club hoodies and t-shirts bearing the club’s badge and NHS logo. The slogan ‘Love Middlesbrough, Love the NHS’ was also printed on the special range.

The funds from the range have enabled the trust’s therapeutic care team to buy items for its hub as well as items for patients and their families.

Jo-Ann Swinnerton, MFC’s head of retail, said: “During this pandemic, the NHS has been the shining light in such a dark time. Middlesbrough is my home town and the football club is the centre of that community.

“As a thank you, I wanted to produce something that people could wear with pride whilst contributing to a really worthwhile cause. Donating the funds to our local hospital has been an honour.

“I’ve recently been to see the therapeutic team at James Cook and it was very emotional and a proud day for myself and the club to be able to see the difference the funds have made.”

Debi Mckeown, Lead Therapeutic care nurse, said: “The donation from MFC will allow us to further improve our patients’ experience.

“It’s wonderful to have such amazing community support. We all really appreciate it and it will make a huge difference for both our staff and patients.”