Remembrance at Chelsea
news Fri 4 Nov 2016
Chelsea Football Club marks Remembrance Sunday by supporting the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal at tomorrow's match.
The Royal British Legion raises money to support serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
Before the match, 50 troops will be outside Stamford Bridge to collect donations before watching the game as our guests, on top of the 50 seats given to Tickets for Troops at every home game.
Connor Lockett, aged 15, whose father Sergeant Michael Lockett MC died in Afghanistan in 2009, will be our guest in the Directors' Box for the eighth year in a row, along with his mother Natalie.
Two Chelsea Pensioners will lead the teams on to the field on Saturday. The players will wear shirts embroidered with poppies and we will be auctioning them after the game.
A minute's silence will also be held just prior to kick-off.
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, and on Tuesday 8 November we have planned a remembrance event at Brompton cemetery with students to commemorate the local impact. This is in conjunction with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the RBL.
Three days later, on Friday November 11, our education team are hosting an event for Age Exchange, providing people with a chance to share stories, artefacts and other information regarding the First World War.
The Legion is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support for all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. Watch the video below to find out more about the history of the appeal and why the red poppy is at its forefront.
Last year, support from Premier League clubs and their fans raised more than £270,000 towards the Royal British Legion’s work with today’s generation of Armed Forces families and veterans, whether living with an injury or illness, coping with bereavement or finding employment.
However, the Legion does so much more than this, including funding research into blast injury studies, providing holidays at Legion-owned seaside centres around the UK, delivering specialist dementia support, funding theatre recovery projects and working with partner charities in their Pop-In Centres.
Fans can help the appeal by donating money to the service men and women collecting around Stamford Bridge tomorrow, and the club is also donating half of the proceeds from the matchday raffle to the Royal British Legion.