Arsenal Football Club's home game against West Ham United on Saturday 7th April will be dedicated to its Charity of the Season, the Willow Foundation. 

The charity, founded by Arsenal legend Bob Wilson and his wife Megs, offers quality of life and quality of time to seriously ill young adults aged 16-40 through the provision of special days.  It will benefit from many awareness raising activities and charitable giving on the day including: a donation of fifty pence from each matchday programme, the players warming up in Willow Foundation t-shirts, Junior Gunners creating a 'Willow Foundation Guard of Honour' as both teams enter the pitch and various raffles and bucket collections taking place around the stadium.
Bob Wilson will also be signing copies of his books, Beyond the Network and Googlies, Nutmegs and Bogeys (the profits of which go to the Willow Foundation) from 12 to 1.15pm in the Armoury megastore and merchandise from the ITV 2 show, WAGS Boutique, which is being sold in aid of the charity, will also be on sale in store.

Junior Gunner activities will take place in the family enclosure area, a cheque presentation will occur before the match with supporters club representatives presenting the monies they have raised over the season to Bob and Megs Wilson and charity coverage will feature on Arsenal TV and on perimeter boards.

Bob Wilson said: "It is an enormous honour to be Arsenal's Charity of the Season in such a significant year in the Club's history.  The association has opened up a host of opportunities for the Willow Foundation, this matchday being one of them. With the tremendous support of the Club and the fantastic fans, the matchday will enable us to reach out to more seriously ill young adults throughout the UK, significantly increase awareness of our service and ultimately allow us to fulfil more special days wishes."

Arsenal Manager, Arsène Wenger said: "We're delighted to have the Willow Foundation as our Charity of the Season for this special first season at Emirates Stadium.  We hope that the matchday will help to raise greater awareness and lots of funds for this wonderful charity. Bob was a terrific goalkeeper for the Club and is a true Arsenal great and we're so happy to be in a position to help secure the long-term future of the charity. Supporters have been fantastic in their support for the Charity of the Season and we hope that today's matchday will help the Foundation grant many more special days."
For further information on the Willow Foundation, its work, how to get involved and application process please contact: Laura Hadwin on 01707 259777 or

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2 Apr 2007