Arsenal players marked Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day - honouring those servicemen and women who give their lives for peace - by wearing a poppy on their shirt at the Gunners’ 2-1 win against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday 8 November. Supporters have the opportunity to bid for one of these truly special shirts and give to two very worthwhile causes; The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.
Those interested in bidding for a shirt which will be signed by the player who wore it at Saturday’s game are invited to place a bid in an online silent auction by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org including their name, contact details and proposed bid by midnight on 30 November.
The Club will also look to organise raffles at forthcoming matchdays at Emirates Stadium to give supporters another chance to lay their hands on one of these unique jerseys. See matchday programme and Arsenal.com for updates on this.
Samir Nasri who scored Arsenal’s two goals in his special edition jersey will put his shirt on the online auction site ebay with all funds raised being split between the two charitable organizations who help to protect the interests of ex and current servicemen and women.
Arsenal Chairman, Peter Hill-Wood said: “The players were very proud to wear these shirts and remember those who’ve given their lives for our freedom. We hope these very special shirts can raise vital funds for those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces.”
Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion, said: "Once again we are most grateful for the support of Arsenal Football Club and its loyal supporters.
"As an Armed Forces charity, we will ensure the funds raised help to support Armed Forces past and present, and their families."
Bryn Parry, Co founder of Help for Heroes said: “This is a wonderful idea and we are so grateful to Arsenal for their support. Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal are working closely together to ensure that, especially at this time of year, we remember those who have died as well as fundraise to care for those who have been wounded in the service of our country. The association with sport and with football in particular, will strike a chord with our servicemen and women who will gain strength from knowing they are being supported by the Gunners.”
The Royal British Legion protects the interests, welfare and memory of British serving and ex-Service people and their dependants. Around 10.5 million people - of all ages - are eligible to approach the Legion for support. Their charitable work covers a range of services including grant-making to those in need, pensions and benefits advice, vocational assessment and careers advice, home and hospital visits as well as the provision of full nursing care.
Help for Heroes was launched in October 2007 in response to the desire of ordinary people to do something practical to help wounded servicemen and women. In its first nine months of existence the charity raised £6 million to help provide a swimming pool and gym complex at the tri-services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court. That task is now complete, and Help for Heroes continues to raise money to ensure that the wounded get the best practical help and support, and the futures, that they deserve.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 12 Nov 2008