Special edition gender free shirt launches for NHS Heroes staff
A gender free special edition shirt has been produced to celebrate our NHS Superheroes at Newcastle Hospitals and beyond.
The one off summer shirt has been designed and produced in honour of our NHS staff who are working around the clock to look after Covid-19 patients and to keep the hospitals and community services running.
Lisa Honan of online business Gender Free World, which has been making pattern shirt designs since 2016, said the idea came from a chance tweet from Katie Watson, a Chaplin at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Royal Victoria Infirmary, The Freeman Hospital, The Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle Dental Hospital, The Campus for Ageing and Vitality, and community services across the City.
“The idea for a special edition NHS superheroes shirt came about when Katie who is an existing customer suggested it on twitter and this led to us talking to the Trust and making this fun design for such as good cause,” she said.
“As well as enabling folk to show their appreciation by wearing a shirt, we wanted to give back in a practical way. Ten percent of the sale price will be divided between NHS Charities Together and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Charity.
“All NHS staff including the admin staff, cleaners, doctors and nurses have been working hard in stressful conditions. We thank them for what they do and are pleased that they are getting the recognition from the public that they deserve.”
Lisa said that gender free for her company simply means that your gender is irrelevant and should not restrict your style choice and they have sizing to fit from size eight to size 24.
This design features silhouette style figures in scrubs with contrasting capes and also shows symbols representing some of the other non-clinical roles. The design is planned to be used for ties and scarves, and to make washable bags for Covid-19 staff to transport their uniforms home.
Karen Pearce, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (People) for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We contacted Lisa to explore the possibility of a special edition gender free super hero shirt as this really fits with our non-binary focus this year.
“Inclusivity is a really important focus for all of our 14,000 staff who are all doing such an amazing job in very challenging times.”
A spokesperson for Newcastle Hospitals NHS Charity said: “We are delighted to receive some of the proceeds from this special edition shirt to go towards our fund for our staff and patients.
“Our NHS colleagues are making sacrifices every day in the Covid-19 response for which we are extremely thankful and we are grateful for all the support we have received from the community.
“Our charity funds new ideas, research, equipment and technology which are over and above government NHS funding and every penny will make a difference to our hospitals and in the community.”
To view the special edition shirt please visit www.genderfreeworld.com
The charity is also encouraging people show their support in a number of ways including donating, please visit the charity website to find out more https://charity.newcastle-hospitals.nhs.uk
Notes to Editors:
Newcastle Hospitals is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, wide range of flagship specialist services as follows:
· Northern Centre for Cancer Care
· Great North Children’s Hospital
· Institute of Transplantation
· Renal Services Centre
· Cardiothoracic Centre (Heart and lung)
· Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre
· Newcastle Dental Hospital
· Newcastle Eye Centre
· Newcastle Urology
· Campus for Ageing and Vitality
· Newcastle Fertility Centre and Northern Genetics Service
Gender Free World
GFW designs shirts to fit different bodies regardless of their gender. They have four body shape templates and seven or eight sizes per shape, which take into account physical variations between people. 29 size variants means that the shirts will fit well on all bodies and all genders; men, women, non-binary, everyone. To find out more about Gender Free World please visit https://www.genderfreeworld.com
Page last updated: 5 May, 2020, 3:35pm