Arsenal Football Club welcomed Petty Officer Andy ‘Gibbo’ Gibbs last Friday, a Royal Navy officer who has set himself the challenge of walking to every football ground in London ahead of Wednesday's international friendly between England and Holland at Wembley Stadium.
Andy, who joined the Royal Navy in 1987 as an electronic warfare specialist, has already raised more than £125,000 for Help for Heroes through long-distance charity walks and clocked up over 400 miles in 2011.
Andy’s latest challenge saw him arrive at Emirates Stadium after a tough 21-mile opening day which saw him set off from Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground, before taking in West Ham United, Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur.
An exhausted Andy praised staff at Emirates Stadium for his welcome, where he took part in some pitchside photography before enjoying a well-earned break. Day Two of Andy’s challenge saw him leave Arsenal to walk to QPR via Chelsea and Fulham, before a third day taking in the homes of Brentford, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Charlton Athletic.
Today, Andy will complete the final leg of his journey, walking from Admiralty Arch on the Mall to Wembley Stadium, prior to delivering the match ball for tonight’s international friendly which will see Gunners duo Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie in action.
Help for Heroes was launched in October 2007 in response to the desire of ordinary people to do something practical to help wounded servicemen and women. The charity continues to raise money to ensure that the wounded get the best practical help and support, and the futures that they deserve.
Arsenal Football Club has proudly supported the charity in the past with money raised from the auction of specially embroidered poppy shirts to commemorate Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday donated to Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion. The Club has also worked closely with Tickets for Troops, providing hundreds of complimentary tickets to servicemen and servicewomen to show their appreciation of the sacrifices being made by the British Armed Forces.
Andy has already exceeded his original fundraising target of £8,000 and Arsenal wishes him the very best for his final stretch this evening and his fundraising endeavours.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 29 Feb 2012