Scotland’s victorious rugby team are donating a set of match jerseys from their win against Wales to the ‘real heroes’ in the country’s NHS.
The jerseys, signed by the squad that recorded a 14-10 win in Llanelli on Saturday, which allowed them to finish the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship with three successive victories, will be delivered to hospitals throughout the country that continue to provide care and dedication in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Cambuslang star Jonny Gray helped Scotland achieve the win, which was our first in Wales since 2002.
University Hospital Wishaw will be sent one of them, on behalf of NHS Lanarkshire.
All 15 hospitals are free to choose whether they display the jerseys in public areas or auction them off to support fundraising projects to enhance patient care.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend presented a jersey to Borders General Hospital near Melrose and said: “As a squad and management we wanted to do something tangible to show our thanks for the tireless commitment of our NHS staff who for eight months now have been the real heroes working away at the sharp end of the pandemic.
“We are in a very privileged position, being able to play and coach a game that we love and we know from the messages we’ve received on social media that the result at the weekend brought a smile to the face of many Scots in these tough times.
“At Scottish Rugby our slogan is #AsOne. It’s a massive team effort, both on and off the pitch, to win for Scotland and we know the NHS and the whole country is engaged right now in a battle against the pandemic.
“The NHS, through local hospitals and GP surgeries, are always there for us. Our captain, Stuart Hogg, was born at the Borders General Hospital, so, for us, it was important we showed our gratitude by donating the match jerseys.”
Scottish Rugby will also look to make donations of remaining jerseys from the match to NHS hospitals in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland, and to recognise the work of the Scottish Ambulance Service and the social care sector.
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