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Kits for a cause: Examples of sporting charity kits in recent years, including Cheltenham Town’s commemoration for the Hollie Gazzard Trust

The Jonny-Rocks Stadium came together during Cheltenham Town’s League Two victory against Leyton Orient on the weekend to celebrate the life of Hollie Gazzard.

Tomorrow will be six years since the 20-year old was murdered at a salon in Gloucester by her ex-partner in 2014.

After being announced as the charity of the season, the club have been busy to raise awareness for the initiative.

With an all-white strip being released by the Robins, Park Life Sport uncovers what other sport’s teams have done with their sportswear for selected charities in the past.

Cheltenham Town: Hollie Gazzard Trust

As well as donating £1,000 of their FA Community Shield money allocation, Cheltenham Town sported an all-white kit on Saturday for the first time in 56 years.

The strip, primarily white, is themed with the brand colours of the Hollie Gazzard Trust and is lettered with the quote ‘Smile often, think big’.

The charity itself was set-up by Hollie’s family after her death and aims to reduce domestic violence around the country by working alongside schools and colleges, especially in the local area.

The founder, Nick Gazzard, was a former Cheltenham player who scored 14 times in 45 appearances before a career-ending injury.

Robins manager Michael Duff and the Cheltenham players have been wearing the kit during their training sessions this week and the newly-formed 1887 Red Army added to event by opening a Hollie Gazzard banner prior to kick-off.

The strip is still available for purchase online priced at £40.00

Gloucester Rugby: Heritage Shirt

To remember the formation of the club, Gloucester Rugby created a heritage shirt in December 2019 to celebrate the team’s history.

Famously known as the ‘Cherry and Whites’, Gloucester’s first ever shirt worn in 1873 was in fact made up of purple and black colours.

The classic-hooped shirt was worn by the Gloucester players on Valentine’s day this month in a 15-26 home defeat to Exeter Chiefs and featured names of both past and present players.

The strip is still available for purchase online priced at £55 for senior sizes & £40 for junior sizes.

England and South Africa Cricket: Pink Day

Both England and South Africa cricket joined forces for the ninth ‘Pink Day’ match to raise money for breast cancer charities.

A bright-pink top and trousers was worn by both sides in their third one-day international in Johannesburg, with England being the first ever to support the fundraiser by wearing the kit.

After England successfully chased down a score of 257 during the game, all money raised on the 9th of February for the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital proceeded to the Breast Cancer Unit.

Speaking after the event, Liam Burns (kit supplier for New Balance) said: “We’ve been proud to supply South Africa with pink jerseys for the past four years and to have both teams stepping out in special jerseys for the first time will be a special moment.”

The strip is still available for purchase online priced at £60

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Manchester Derby: The Munich Air Disaster

One of the most emotional events in recent history, the Manchester Derby in 2008 at Old Trafford, saw both teams wear traditional football kits to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

Both clubs decided to wear kits that had both sponsorship logos and player names removed inspired by the 1950’s style.

Manchester City were eventual winners on the day in a shock 2-1 victory, but the game will be remembered in history for the emotion created by both sets of supporters and players on the day.

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