20th Jan, 2021

Sales of UHCW Charity penguin t-shirt worn by Maggie Keenan when she had Covid vaccine have rocketed

Tristan Harris 14th Dec, 2020 Updated: 15th Dec, 2020

SALES of the t-shirt worn by Maggie Keenan when she received the world’s first Covid vaccine last week have increased ten-fold.

The tops, sold at £8 each to raise funds for the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire’s UHCW Charity, was seen on screens across the globe.

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NHS nurse May Parsons administered the injection at 6.31am last Tuesday morning.

A delighted UHCW Charity Director Jo O’Sullivan said: “We have had a huge increase in sales – ordinarily we would sell between 400 and 500 t-shirts but this year we have sold over 5,000!”

The funds will be used to support the hospital’s patients over the Christmas period.

It means elderly patients will have gifts to open on Christmas morning (for some, they have no family and are often alone at Christmas and have not had presents for years) and young patients on the children’s wards will have a stocking with gifts from Santa.

Jo added: “We will also use the funds towards pioneering equipment, bringing cutting-edge techniques to our world-leading hospital, so patients recover quicker, are out of pain faster and go home sooner than they otherwise would have done.”

Click here for the UHCW charity shop.

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