REMEMBRANCE AT CHELSEA
Chelsea Football Club will mark Remembrance Sunday by supporting the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal at today's match against West Bromwich Albion.
The Royal British Legion raises money to support serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
The teams, who will wear shirts embroidered with poppies in support of the Royal British Legion, will be led out on to the pitch by the Chelsea Pensioners. Fifty troops will be stationed outside Stamford Bridge in order to collect donations, and they will also be joining us for the game as our guests.
We will also host 50 service people from the Tickets for Troops initiative, as we do for every game at Stamford Bridge throughout the season.
The Poppy Appeal raised £35 million in 2012, and hopes to raise £37 million this year. Frank Lampard spoke of the significance of the appeal.
'The Poppy Appeal is very important,' Lampard said. 'As a British player I love it. I think it is very important that all players and all fans do their utmost to get behind it and show respect, which we always do, and it's great to see it when it does happen.'
Connor Lockett, aged 12, whose father Sergeant Michael Lockett MC died in Afghanistan in 2009, will be a guest in the Directors' Box for the fifth year in a row.
We will also be welcoming 10 staff and residents of Stoll, our neighbours on the Fulham Road. Stoll - formerly known as the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation - has been providing housing and support to vulnerable veterans since the First World War.
A minute's silence will also be held just prior to the start of the game.
Fans can help the appeal by donating money to the service men and women collecting around Stamford Bridge. After the game, the club will be also auctioning the players' poppy-embroidered shirts, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.