Members of REDaction - a group of match-going Arsenal fans who have united with the intention of bringing even more fun and noise to match days – have set off from Emirates Stadium with a hospital bed this morning embarking on their ten mile walk to Upton Park before Arsenal take on West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League this afternoon, kick off 4:15pm. Through sponsorship, the Arsenal fans will be raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the Gunners’ Charity of the Season.

20 members of REDaction met at the canons outside The Armoury superstore at Emirates Stadium at 9:30am today and after breakfast, set off on the ten mile journey to east London. So far, REDaction have secured over £1700 in sponsorship but hope to reach their target of £3,000 through online donations as well as a bucket collection on the walk, all of which will contribute to Arsenal’s overall fundraising target of £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

REDaction welcome any other Arsenal fans who would like to get involved still and join the walk at any point along the journey through Islington, Hackney and Newham; or if you see the group along the way, make sure you drop some money into one of the collectors’ buckets.

REDaction’s Chairman Mark Brindle said “REDaction feel this is the perfect opportunity to show our support for the team and Great Ormond Street Hospital, by having a laugh on the way to Upton Park, and hopefully raising plenty of money for this great cause in the process.

“Fans who cannot join us today can still get involved in the fun by sponsoring us online by going to www.justgiving.com/redactiongosh and making a donation. Pushing an old-style hospital bed is no mean feat and we would appreciate any support from our fellow Gooners.”

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals. Many of the children seen at the hospital have complex or life-threatening illnesses and need the specialist care that only the experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital are able to provide. However, while the care may be of the highest standard, some of the hospital buildings are not. They are cramped, lack privacy and were built at a time when healthcare needs were very different.

Arsenal’s support will help the hospital build a brand new Arsenal Lung Function Unit for children who have difficulty sleeping or breathing. These problems can affect children’s growth and the Lung Function Unit is vitally important in their treatment. The new Unit will be designed to help newborn babies right through to teenagers and will provide a modern and spacious environment in which to help children and their families.

To find out more about the partnership in general and to donate towards this worthy cause go to www.beagoonerbeagiver.org, a dedicated website for Arsenal’s Charity of the Season initiative.

Copyright 2014 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 14 Oct 2009