Sanctuary Housing and Forest Green turn red for Poppy Appeal
Forest Green players Marcus Kelly and Matt Taylor show off the special poppy shirts. Picture: Tom Wren
Sanctuary Housing has shown its support for this year’s Poppy Appeal by sponsoring Forest Green Rovers’ annual fundraising campaign.
The leading housing and care provider is helping Forest Green kick-off the fundraising activities for the Royal British Legion (RBL) beginning with Rovers’ home league game against Dartford this Saturday, 2 November.
Sanctuary’s sponsorship of £600 has paid for the manufacture of shirts bearing the Poppy logo for Rovers’ players to wear during three matches, Dartford (home), Salisbury (away, 9 November) and Nuneaton Town (home, 12 November).
The playing shirts worn by the squad will then be auctioned after the three games to raise money for the RBL.
There will be a formal service of remembrance before kick-off against Dartford, with a bugler playing the last post, along with information booths and videos promoting the work of the RBL.
Poppies and other RBL merchandise will also be on sale and the club is hoping that the crowd will be awash with red poppies and willing donors.
This is the second successive year Rovers has carried out this fundraising campaign and the club hope the additional support of Sanctuary Housing will help raise even more vital funds towards care and support for serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.
Sophie Atkinson, Sanctuary Group’s head of community investment and sustainability, commented: “We are honoured to be supporting Forest Green Rovers’ Poppy Appeal and everything it stands for.
Many of our residents live in the local area and I’m sure some have family members who are connected to the services and know the sacrifices they have made on our behalf.
We hope this fundraising campaign will not only generate vital funds for the cause, but will help raise people’s awareness of the work of the British Legion.”
Forest Green Rovers Director Chris Wintle said: “This is the second year that FGR has helped the Royal British Legion with their Poppy Appeal and with the sponsorship of Sanctuary Housing we hope this special set of Rovers playing shirts will raise much needed funds for services personnel and their families.
“We’ve also encouraged services personnel young and old to come along in uniform to receive half-price entry to the Act of Remembrance ceremony taking place before kick-off.”
The Stroud Squadron Air Cadets Band will play outside the Green Man before 2pm and in front of the Main Stand from 2.30pm.
The Ceremonial Flight of Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing Air Training Corps will perform a ceremonial march and form a guard of honour for the players, while Major General Paul Stevenson OBE, Chairman of Gloucestershire’s Royal British Legion (RBL), will read an epitaph on the pitch accompanied by other members of the RBL.
A two minute silence will proceed before the match kicks off at 3pm.
All funds raised will go to the Forest Green and Nailsworth Royal British Legion.
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