On Sunday 26 October, members of Maidstone Arsenal Supporters Club successfully completed a sponsored 10-mile walk - the distance between Emirates Stadium and Upton Park - to see Arsenal’s Premier League fixture against West Ham United, in aid of the Gunners’ dedicated Charity of the Season, Teenage Cancer Trust.
Over 20 members of the Maidstone Arsenal Supporters Club met at the canons outside Emirates Stadium at 9am on Sunday and arrived at Upton Park in good time to catch Arsenal’s 2-0 victory away to the Hammers. The Maidstone Gooners have so far raised nearly £4,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust from this event alone and look to raise further funds throughout the season which all contribute to Arsenal’s overall fundraising target of £300,000 for the partnership.
Maidstone Arsenal Supporters Club Secretary Graham Stubbles said: “The walk was a huge success, taking a little over three hours to complete and despite it raining from start to finish, everyone was in great spirits throughout. The three points at Upton Park made it a fantastic day all round too!
“Our original target was set at £500 but Maidstone ASC members, friends, family and other Arsenal supporters have proved to be incredibly generous and supportive with donations through our Justgiving website. We are still to collate the exact figures but the total raised on the day will be somewhere between £3500 and £4000! An awful lot of effort has been put in by everyone to make the day such a success and we couldn't be more pleased as to the way it went.”
Support and donations are still welcome for this fantastic fundraiser via the Maidstone Supporters Club’s Justgiving website, www.justgiving.com/maidstonegooners.
Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer and with the Gunners’ help, the charity will be able to increase its support to young people who are diagnosed by building a unit within a brand new Day Care Centre for cancer patients at University College Hospital, London, due to open in 2012.
The £300,000 Arsenal hope to raise will fund an Education Zone on Teenage Cancer Trust's unit within this Centre; the Zone will be a dedicated space where teenagers and young people being treated can keep up with their studies and also learn more about their cancer.
To find out more about the partnership, and to donate towards this worthy cause go to www.beagoonerbeagiver.org, a dedicated website for Arsenal’s Charity of the Season initiative.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 28 Oct 2008