Liverpool FC has donated 25,000 professional protective face coverings to its official charity, LFC Foundation, which will work with the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation which plans health services for the city, to distribute them for free to the local health system.

LFC Foundation will be working with Liverpool CCG to identify those that are in need of these medically-approved face coverings.

The club has also launched a range of LFC face coverings for supporters, with proceeds from the sale of these products continuing to contribute to LFC Foundation’s support in the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These face coverings are now available for fans to pre-order online and are washable and reusable.

Please note, the coverings on sale to supporters are not medically certified for professional use.

Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: “We want to make sure we can support the areas of the NHS locally that required additional resource. Through the donation of these vital face coverings from the club, and by working with the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, we can ensure that happens.

“It’s great to be able to work in partnership so that we can continue offering support to the amazing NHS staff who are doing so much for us all.”

Jan Ledward, chief officer for NHS Liverpool CCG, said: “We are very grateful to the LFC Foundation for this donation, which will be used to protect local NHS staff and patients from COVID-19.

“These past weeks have been a hugely challenging period of time for everyone during this pandemic, but one of the biggest positives has been seeing local organisations and individuals coming together to support their local community in new and creative ways. As a city, Liverpool has a really rich history of doing this, and this is another great example.”

LFC Foundation has also launched the Big Red LFC Design Competition to help raise money to continue supporting NHS staff and health professionals at this challenging time.

The foundation is inviting youngsters and their families to get creative during lockdown and draw, sketch, colour or paint a unique design to be featured across a special product range including T-shirts, mugs, water bottles, mouse mats, badges and keyrings.

All profits from the collection will be donated to NHS Charities Together (registered charity 1186569), supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients, as well as supporting LFC Foundation’s response and recovery work during the pandemic and over the coming months.