Chelsea Ladies star backs Lights Out campaign

Chelsea Ladies defender Gilly Flaherty has joined a host of veterans and famous faces to help the Royal British Legion commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Royal British Legion brought together veterans and famous faces including Jeremy Paxman, Twiggy, David Gandy, Louis Smith and Flaherty to take part in the Lights Out campaign.

August 4 will mark exactly 100 years since Britain officially entered the First World War and the Royal British Legion are inviting millions of individuals, households and companies to join together in a national moment of reflection.

They are encouraging everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014 – leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope.

On that night we will remember more than a million Commonwealth Service personnel who lost their lives in the First World War.

‘It was an honour to be involved in the Lights Out campaign to commemorate the centenary of the First World War,’ said Flaherty.

‘As a club we fully support the Royal British Legion and it is important to mark this occasion in memory of all those who lost their lives.

‘I will be turning my lights off on August 4 and lighting a candle and I hope everyone can join together with us to create a unique national moment for the United Kingdom and The Royal British Legion.’

The Royal British Legion hope to light one million candles across the UK to remember each and every one of those service men and women who gave their lives in the war.

A limited edition Centenary candle will be available from M&S stores from 4 July 2014 for £4, with all profit going to The Royal British Legion.

Charles Byrne, director of fundraising at the Royal British Legion, added: ‘Our vision is that over one million candles will be lit across the UK, commemorating every service man and woman who died during WW1.’

The lights at Stamford Bridge will be switched off between 10 and 11pm on August 4 as a mark of respect for all those who lost their lives during the First World War.

For further information on how you can get involved visit; www.britishlegion.org.uk/lightsout