A CITY business is helping fans to keep red and white colours flying high on cup final day.
First2Print, based at the North East Business and Innovation Centre in Sunderland, is producing 200 banners for Sunday’s Capital One Cup showdown at Wembley, which it is giving away free to supporters.
As part of the Foundation of Light’s Red and White City campaign, donation buckets are being put out at the firm’s base so that fund-raising can continue ahead of the weekend’s big game.
More than 31,000 SAFC fans will be hoping to cheer their side on to victory against Manchester City in London.
Martyn Young, managing director at First2Print, said: “Large format print is one of our specialities so when the opportunity came up to get involved in Red and White City, we jumped at the chance.”
“We’re big supporters of the Foundation of Light so whilst we’re happy to produce the banners free of charge, we hope people will make a donation to the charity when they pick them up.”
First2Print’s two foot by three foot banners will be available to collect from the company’s offices at the North East BIC in North Hylton or the main reception at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light during office hours.
Banners are restricted to one per person.
Lesley Spuhler, chief executive at the Foundation of Light, said: “Hundreds of schools, businesses and households across Wearside are showing their support for the Red and White City campaign, and we’re delighted that First2Print is helping to do the same by producing these amazing banners.”
Those taking part in the Red and White City campaign are also being asked to send pictures of their decorations or red and white clothes to firstname.lastname@example.org or @SAFCOfficial on Twitter using the hashtag #DaretoDream, with the chance to win free tickets to an SAFC game at the Stadium of Light.
Schools and businesses interested in getting involved should contact the foundation on 551 5191.