Arsenal Football Club has announced a fundraising total in excess of £185,000 from its dedicated charity matchday v Fulham on Saturday 26th November.

Money raised from the day will help to support Save the Children’s education projects at home and overseas, enabling the poorest children to get a better start in life and the chance to fulfil their potential.

A host of fundraising initiatives took place in and around Emirates Stadium on the day, with players and many staff donating a day’s wages and supporters contributing to the partnership in a number of ways. Volunteers were out in force and they were joined pre-match by two familiar faces in Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere, who both did their bit by bucket collecting and selling raffle tickets outside on the podium, much to the surprise and delight of home supporters.

Elsewhere, Gunnersaurus led a half-time pitch collection and 50 pence from every matchday programme sold was donated to Save the Children, while co-branded charity sportsbands, as modelled by the Arsenal players, were snapped up in Club retail outlets, with at least £2 from each sale going towards the partnership.

Save the Children CEO, Justin Forsyth, said: “As an Arsenal fan, it gave me an enormous sense of pride to see everyone rallying behind Save the Children at the dedicated matchday against Fulham. We are incredibly grateful to Arsenal players, staff and fans for helping to raise this fantastic sum of money, which will enable us to make a huge difference to the lives of many children in the UK and overseas through our education projects.”

Arsenal CEO, Ivan Gazidis, added: “The dedicated matchday was a great example of everyone connected with Arsenal Football Club coming together and another exciting development in our partnership with Save the Children. On behalf of the Club, I’d like to thank everyone that made a contribution to the success of the day – the fantastic fundraising total raised will help us to support a number of education projects and give hope to some of the most disadvantaged youngsters both in the UK and overseas.”

For more information about the Club’s global charity partnership visit www.arsenal.com/savethechildren.        

Supporters can still make a donation to Save the Children and help the Club in its efforts to support education projects in the UK and overseas, by visiting www.justgiving.com/beagoonerbeagiver.

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