Rival shirt donned to help good cause
AN AVID Northampton Saints fan donned the dreaded shirt of rivals Leicester Tigers to raise money for charity.
Rachelle Heard, the head teacher at Lubenham Primary School, wore the green, white and red of derby foes the Tigers on Wednesday last week, during the school’s sports day.
The “Shirt of Hurt” day was devised to raise money for charitable projects supported by Sport Relief, the off-shoot of Comic Relief.
So far £367 has been raised and the school is hoping to reach a target of £400 which Mrs Heard said “is fantastic fundraising for a small school such as ours”.
The Tigers kindly donated the shirt for her to wear.
Mrs Heard said: “I found it quite tough as I have been a Saints fan since 1989 when my dad took me to my first game, and I got my own season ticket in 1999.
“I had my favourite Saints shirt with me, which I had to put on before I went home to be sure that my husband would still talk to me
“As quite a lot of the parents and children at Lubenham are Tigers fans, there were a few humorous comments made during the day about me wearing a ‘much more sensible shirt’, but I’m a Northampton girl, so it will always be gold, black and green for me.”
Mrs Heard’s dedicated support of the Franklin’s Gardens team has extended to her dressing as Shrek in a Saints shirt with a green-painted face during a cup final once and she has not missed a home fixture for quite a few seasons.
“I try to get to a few away games each season too – the banter on the terrace at Welford Road is always worth the trip,” she added.
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