Fan adds spark to Turbos tops
A Palmerston North boy with a rare immune system deficiency has unleashed his creative side to kit out the Turbos and help raise money for new televisions in the hospital's children's ward.
Trevor Napier, 15, has common variable immuno-deficiency and is given a substitute immune system at Palmerston North Hospital every month.
Trevor is a regular visitor to the children's ward and medical staff know him well.
Paediatrics Service charge nurse Tracy Stone said when the opportunity came up for a child to design a one-off jersey for the Turbos to wear in their game against the Southland Stags tomorrow night, Trevor instantly came to mind.
"The Turbos approached us months ago and said they wanted a child within the service to design a T-shirt for them to wear in a game and raise some money for us," she said. "It was a difficult choice but we chose Trevor because he loves rugby and he comes to us all the time and was just the right person."
Trevor said he couldn't believe it when he was chosen to design the jerseys - "it was too good to be true".
"I didn't believe it ... it was like an opportunity to make a top and I didn't believe it was me who was chosen," he said. "I came up with two designs. I picked the one with flames and the rainbow one was the one the clinic liked - it looks way better than what I imagined it would ... it's cool."
The Freyberg High School student said "it's mean" that the Turbos are going to wear his design because he is a die-hard rugby fan.
Turbos commercial manager Jason Burton-Brown said the jerseys would be given to buyers of corporate tables at a fundraiser luncheon for the children's ward.
But one has been specially made for Trevor and he will wear it onto the field at FMG Stadium tomorrow.
Mr Burton-Brown said the team were pleased with the design.
"They really like it, there were a few laughs but they know what it's about," he said. "They said they would be playing like grizzlies."
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