Friday 9th July, 2021 at 4:00pm
Partick Thistle is proud to unveil a special edition goalkeeper kit for the 2021/22 campaign.
The eye-catching purple goalkeeper kit will carry the logo of Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland(PCAS), the charity partner of our Principal Sponsor, Just Employment Law(JEL) and will be worn by the Jags’ goalkeepers throughout the season.
Entering the fifth season as Thistle’s Principal Sponsor, Just Employment Law have partnered with the Club on a number of projects and this innovative use of the sponsorship is the latest in a range of initiatives to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland. Previously, the Club and Just Employment Law have worked closely to hold Purple Thistle days at matches at Firhill, where the matchday squad have worn Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland warm up tops and the club transformed their matchday programme into a purple issue for support.
Since formally beginning support for PCAS in 2017, Just Employment Law have supported their charity partner in a number of ways including hosting Summer Ball events, Purple Thistle Days and online auctions in addition to a range of fundraising challenges undertaken by the team at JEL.. To date, Just Employment Law have raised almost £200,000 in support of Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland.
Thistle Chief Executive, Gerry Britton, said: “When the idea came up about creating a special edition goalkeeper kit in support of Just Employment Law’s charity partner Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland, it was one that we jumped at.
“There aren’t many partners who would use their rights in such an innovative way and as we enter a fifth season with Just Employment Law as our Principal Sponsor, it’s another example of how our partnership with David and the team at JEL is much more than a shirt sponsorship. We are proud to stand with them to help raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland wherever we can.”
David McRae, Managing Director of Just Employment Law, commented: “The team at Thistle have always been open to exploring new ways and methods to work with us as partners and to create a special edition goalkeeper kit in support of our charity partner is fantastic as we aim to raise national awareness of Pancreatic Cancer in all its forms.
“We’ve partnered with Thistle on a range of projects since we first teamed up back in 2012 and this is another example of the support that the club give us which forms the foundations of a successful partnership. I can’t wait to see the Thistle goalkeepers proudly wearing this top on the Firhill turf soon.”
Fiona Brown, Development Manager at Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland said: “We’re thrilled that our charity’s logo will appear on the front of this special edition goalkeeper top for Partick Thistle. When David told me it was something that was going to happen, I was delighted as it’s such a fantastic way of using the colour purple to raise awareness and open up more conversation around pancreatic cancer.
“The support of everyone at Just Employment Law over the last four years has been incredible and we can’t thank them enough for the support they’ve given us. We are looking forward to seeing Thistle wearing our distinctive special edition goalkeeper top and raising awareness of the charity and hope that it brings them extra luck on the pitch.”
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest 5-year survival rate of the 22 most common cancers, largely due to late diagnosis.
Pancreatic Cancer Scotland (PCS) was formed in 2010 by a group of patients, carers, nurses and doctors in Scotland to share hope, knowledge and action in the battle against pancreatic cancer. In 2020 PCS entered a new chapter merging with Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA), to become Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland (PCAS). With a vision to make the 2020’s the Decade of Change for the world’s toughest cancer, the charity’s mission is to improve survival rates of pancreatic cancer by ensuring more people are diagnosed early and that everyone has access to effective treatments, support, information and care.
You can find out more about Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland and the work they do on their website – https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/about/scotland/