A Gloucestershire-based football team has helped raise over £1,500 for the Royal British Legion thanks to an exciting sponsorship by Sanctuary Housing.
Forest Green Rovers Football Club raised the money after selling unique Poppy emblem Forest Green Rovers football shirts – which were funded by Sanctuary Housing – and collecting donations during a Remembrance Day football match in November last year.
Representatives from the Gloucestershire Royal British Legion were presented with a cheque for £1,600 at Forest Green Rovers home game against Chester Football Club on Saturday (25 January). The money will be now used to help the charity continue its work providing care and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.
Chris Wintle, director of sales and marketing for Forest Green Rovers, said: “We’re delighted with what we’ve achieved this time around for the Royal British Legion, together with Sanctuary. The fans and supporters of Forest Green Rovers really have been very generous, and it was great to get the players involved too; they all signed their shirts and some even helped sell them. A great result.”
Sanctuary’s work with Forest Green Rovers forms part of a country-wide initiative from Sanctuary Housing which is seeing youngsters across England get fit and active as they get involved in a range of physical and creative activities.
The Sanctuary in Sport programme also gives participants the chance to increase their confidence and self-esteem and move into educational and training opportunities. Over 1,000 youngsters will be taking part in the programme over a one year period.
Sophie Atkinson, Sanctuary’s Group Head of Community Investment and Sustainability, said: “It’s fantastic that we have been able to support Forest Green Rovers by funding the football shirts. The Royal British Legion does marvellous work around the country and I’m thrilled we can assist in the work of such a worthwhile cause.”
Nicole Mayall, the Royal British Legion’s community fundraiser for Gloucestershire, added: “The Royal British Legion is hugely appreciative of FGR’s and Sanctuary’s donation to support our work.
“This donation will help raise the £1.6 million needed by the Legion each week to deliver direct, practical care and support to the Armed Forces community so the money will certainly be well received.”