Hearts to wear special Frightened Rabbit x Bands FC shirt at Hibs semi final to raise money for Tiny Changes
Hearts players will run out for the Scottish Cup semi final with Hibs wearing a special Frightened Rabbit and Bands FC collaboration shirt.
The idea was that of manager Robbie Neilson who approached Tiny Changes, the charity involved in producing the top.
Hearts players will warm up prior to the match wearing the shirt which is the same design as the one worn in the 2012 Scottish Cup final when the Tynecastle side thrashed Hibs 5-1.
In turn the special shirts will be auctioned off to raise money for Tiny Changes
The charity was founded in 2019 in memory of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison who died in 2018.
The group released a popular cover of the club’s famous ‘Hearts, Hearts, Glorious Hearts anthem’ to commemorate the club’s Main Stand which was knocked down in 2017.
Hearts fan Hutchison performed the song at the opening to the new stand later that year.
Transform young people’s mental health
The singer was open about his mental health struggles prior to his death in 2018 and his family wanted something which would carry on after his passing, while raising awareness.
Tiny Changes was set up to “build a community, raise voices and inspire change that will transform young people’s mental health in Scotland”.
Neil Hutchison, Scott’s brother and a trustee of Tiny Changes, said: “We were so excited when Bands FC decided to produce the Hearts / Frightened Rabbit / Tiny Changes shirt and absolutely blown away by the number of people that bought one. The money raised will make a huge difference to our charity and the work we are doing for young people in Scotland.
“And we were over-the-moon when Robbie Neilson got in touch with his idea for the players to wear the shirt in their warm-up at Hampden.
"We are just so grateful that the club is helping Tiny Changes to raise awareness of young people’s mental health. Young people in Scotland need our support, now more than ever, so we hope that this amazing gesture will help keep the conversation going and inspire change.
“Thank you so much to Robbie, the players and everyone at Hearts for making this happen. And good luck in the semi-final!”
The shirt has already proven popular and has raised nearly £35,000 for the charity from when it originally went on sale.