Arsenal poppy shirts raise £34,547

Poppy Appeal cheque
Sir Chips Keswick presents the cheque to the Royal British Legion

Representatives of the Royal British Legion and ex-servicemen and women were presented with a cheque for £34,547 by Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick before the FA Cup game against Sunderland.

The money was raised through the generosity of supporters after the team marked Remembrance Sunday on November 8 by wearing a special edition commemorative home shirt with a poppy embroidered onto the chest for the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium.

Following the match all the players signed their shirts, which were then auctioned through Arsenal’s exclusive auction site to raise funds for the Royal British Legion, who support serving members of the armed forces, ex-servicemen and women (veterans), their families and dependents.

Sir Chips Keswick said: "We are delighted that as a result of the generosity of the Arsenal supporters, we have managed to raise so much money for the Royal British Legion. They do important work to help many servicemen and women. We're proud to be making this donation to such a worthy cause."

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