Arsenal Football Club marked Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day – honouring those servicemen and women who gave their lives for peace – with the entire Arsenal team wearing a special one-off shirt with a poppy embroidered into the Club’s yellow and redcurrant away shirt at the Gunners’ 2-1 win against Everton at Goodison Park.
Supporters now have the opportunity to bid for these truly special shirts, with all monies going to two very worthwhile causes - The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.
Last year, the Club raised over £20,000 through the poppy shirt auctions, and is hoping to beat that amount this season!
Arsenal will be distributing the shirts for auction throughout media and its Club platforms, and we’re delighted to announce that Arsenal.com is kicking off the fundraising activities.
Arsenal.com has managed to get its hands on the actual shirts worn by six of the first team in the match at Everton. The shirts, which will be used in six separate silent auctions, have all been individually signed by the players. We are kicking off by auctioning the shirt of our captain and goal scorer on the day - Cesc Fabregas.
Those interested in bidding for Cesc’s signed shirt worn at the Everton v Arsenal match are now invited to place a bid in an online silent auction by email.
Bidders for Cesc’s signed shirt email email@example.com with their name, contact details and bid by Tuesday, November 23 2010. In the ‘Subject’ of the email simply type ‘Fabregas shirt’ and the amount you wish to bid.
The individual who makes the highest single bid will receive the shirt. The highest bidder will be contacted and asked for payment details and will be sent the shirt once payment has cleared.
Arsenal Chairman, Peter Hill-Wood said: “It’s extremely important that as a Club that we pay our respects and remember the many people who’ve given their lives for our freedom. We hope that our special shirts can raise vital funds for those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces.”
The Club will also be shortly offering all the other unique shirts in auctions via eBay.com and through Club channels.
Further information on where these shirts will appear, will feature on Arsenal.com soon.
The Royal British Legion protects the interests, welfare and memory of British serving and ex-Service people and their dependants. Around 9.5 million people - of all ages - are eligible to approach the Legion for support. Their charitable work covers a range of services including grant-making to those in need, pensions and benefits advice, vocational assessment and careers advice, home and hospital visits as well as the provision of full nursing care. For further information on the Poppy Appeal and The Royal British Legion, please visit www.poppy.org.uk.
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. In its first nine months of existence the charity raised £6 million to help provide a swimming pool and gym complex at the tri-services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court. That task is now complete, and Help for Heroes continues to raise money to ensure that the wounded get the best practical help and support, and the futures, that they deserve. For further information about Help For Heroes, please visit www.HelpForHeroes.org.uk.
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