Arsenal is today delighted to announce that its Charity of the Season for 2005/06 - the final season at Highbury - is The David Rocastle Trust, an initiative founded in memory of the Arsenal legend affectionately known as 'Rocky', who lost his battle to cancer in 2001 at the age of just 33.
Following consultation with Arsenal supporters and overwhelming support for the initiative, The David Rocastle Trust was recently founded, as a result of joint efforts between David's former agent and best friend, Jerome Anderson, Arsenal Football Club and through consultation with David's family. The charity has been established to assist David's family, support community projects in 'Rocky's' name and assist other registered charities to help support causes closely linked to David Rocastle and the Trust.
Speaking ahead of the Charity of the Season partnership launch, Vice-Chairman David Dein said: "I'm absolutely delighted that Arsenal Football Club is embarking on such a special partnership during its final season in the stadium where David once played. I've never made any secret about my fondness for David Rocastle on or off the pitch and I'm very pleased he will be remembered by our supporters and his fans who can contribute to the cause in their own way."
Jerome Anderson, David's best friend and former agent, who has been at the forefront of founding the Trust, said: "It's an incredible boost to the charity to have Arsenal on board during its first year. We hope the charity will serve as a lasting reminder to everyone, in particular David's family, that Rocky's spirit lives on. He is never forgotten and we hope to make every success of this charity to do justice to how much he lives on in our hearts."
The David Rocastle Trust takes over as Arsenal's nominated charity from ChildLine which was the Club's inaugural Charity of the Season in 2003/04. After a successful first year, the Club continued its partnership for a second successful season, which proved to be equally beneficial. Over the two year period, Arsenal's fundraising activities raised nearly £200,000 for the children's charity and generated huge awareness for ChildLine's many initiatives.
To raise funds and awareness for The David Rocastle Trust the Club will be embarking upon many initiatives including a dedicated matchday to the ex-Arsenal and England player, a fundraising dinner and other funds will be secured through projects related to the last season at Highbury.
For information on The David Rocastle Trust, please visit www.davidrocastletrust.org.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 9 Aug 2005