Wigan Warriors release charity kit in honour of beloved employee who passed away from breast cancer

Wigan Warriors have launched a third charity kit in partnership with Cancer Research UK.

Together, the Wigan club and Cancer Research UK have created a charity kit which will be worn as an alternative kit for several games throughout 2022.

Featuring Cancer Research UK’s logo on the front of the shirt, £5 from every shirt sold will be donated to the charity.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. And the charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. The charity supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.

Cancer touches so many people’s lives. In August last year, Wigan Warriors were deeply saddened to learn of the passing The Riversiders Supporters Club treasurer, Barbara Thompson. Barbara was involved with The Riversiders for over 30 years – going back to Wigan’s Central Park days – and ran the Club’s Past Players Association. She sadly passed away with breast cancer.

As a club, Wigan have released the shirt in her memory.

Executive Director, Kris Radlinski, said: “As a Club and community, we were deeply moved by Barbara’s passing. She was a huge part of the Wigan Warriors family and she will always remain with us as we pay tribute to her with this special shirt.

“I am proud we are doing this for Barbara and for all those who have been affected by cancer. I know this shirt and story will be relatable to so many people. We are also honouring Barbara by making her a posthumous Life Member of Wigan Warriors.

“We are really proud of the partnership we have formed with Cancer Research UK to create this amazing shirt. Throughout the year we will be having more fundraising events and our goal is to make a real difference.”

“I love the fact we are doing this,” said Leadership and Management Director, Shaun Wane. “I’m proud. I lost my mum and brother to cancer. The more people who get behind and recognise it the better. I know it will touch many people in the Wigan area.”

Rachael Hodgkinson from Cancer Research UK, said: “We are really excited about working in partnership with Wigan Warriors. Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. And we know Wigan Warriors supporters will get on board in that mission to help make a big difference over the coming months.”

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