The partnerships will see the club work closely with both organisations to create awareness and assist with fund-raising opportunities during the course of the season.

Zoe’s Place, which has a Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough, provides palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions while Bright Red was set up to improve the lives of people across the north of England who are dealing with blood cancer.

Aynsley Pears and Lewis Wing were on hand to officially launch the partnerships while Marcus Browne welcomed the younger guests and presented them with Boro Goodie Bags.

Wing said: “It’s great for us to be able to work with two charities which are close to people's hearts and who play such a vital role in our area. Over the course of the season, hopefully we can increase awareness about what they do and showcase the importance of both within our region.”

Mark Guidery, General Manager of Zoe’s Place said: “Zoe’s Place is a much loved local charity and to be partnered with our iconic MFC is a dream come true. All of the nurses, volunteers and staff are delighted to be working with the club to benefit and support the amazing babies and children cared for at the hospice. “

Lisa Saxton is Head of fund-raising at Bright Red and she said: “We are delighted to have been selected as one of MFC’s charities for the forthcoming season and wish them all the best on the pitch.  

“The exposure will help reinforce our position as a charity serving the whole of the north of England, from the Tees to the Tweed, funding research and patient care as well as five Bright Red nurse specialists across the region administering care in the community for those unable to make the often long, uncomfortable and expensive journeys to hospital for treatment.”