Chelsea Football Club is fully committed to our history and helps to raise money for former players and employees through the Chelsea Past Players' Trust.
The trust was inspired by the late Tony Banks, who tirelessly raised funds for former players - particularly the 1955 First Division championship-winning team.
With original donations from Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) and the club itself, the trust uses money raised to provide medical and financial assistance to past players who have given so much to Chelsea during the course of their careers.
Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck said: 'Since Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea we have helped a number of past players who were in need of medical or financial assistance. This was done on an ad-hoc basis but Tony and the club wanted to do more.
'Discussions had already started before Tony's passing and his death served as a further impetus to set up the trust.
'Not only will the trust directly help past players and other employees in need, but it will also ensure that these players maintain their rightful place as a crucial part of the club's soul.'
Funds are raised for the Past Players’ Trust in a variety of ways including the hugely successful Annual Lunch, which raises both money and awareness for the cause, and this year’s Legends Match against Inter Milan at Stamford Bridge.
Former Blue Pat Nevin, who is a regular at the Annual Lunch, said: 'For a long time now Chelsea have been fully committed to supporting former players. Life after football isn’t always easy so knowing your former club is there if you need them makes a big difference.'