Signed Middlesbrough shirts have raised a total of £9,969 for the UK’s largest Armed Forces charity, The Royal British Legion, in this season’s Sky Bet Poppy Shirt Auction.
Match-worn Poppy shirts from Boro’s 0-0 draw with Stoke on November 3 and the home win over Wigan Athletic were auctioned on the CharityStars website.
The shirts raised an average of £343 with George Friend’s away shirt raising the most, £800.
The money raised will be used by the Legion to support the vital welfare services it provides to the Armed Forces community, such as the Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall which helps wounded, injured and sick Service personnel to achieve their best possible recovery and either return to Service duty or to make a smooth transition to civilian life.
The Royal British Legion’s Ben France said: “As the Centenary of the First World War comes to a close, The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to say Thank You to the First World War generation, who served, sacrificed and changed our world forever.
“That’s not just the British Armed Forces, but those who fought alongside from all corners of the world, and the men, women and children who played their part and suffered hardships at home.
“With the auction of the 2018 poppy shirts, we’re hugely grateful for the continuing support of our partners Sky Bet and the clubs of the English Football League. Through the incredible generosity of the fans, we will ensure today’s Armed Forces and their families receive the support they need, and their unique contribution is never forgotten.”
The auction, which has currently raised £41,000 for the British Legion, remains ongoing with signed, match-worn Poppy shirts from clubs throughout the EFL available in the coming weeks.