Arsenal and Chelsea will donate their fee for participating in the FA Community Shield to those tragically affected by last week’s Grenfell Tower fire.
It is hoped that the match, which will be played on 6 August, will raise as much as £1.25 million and provide an opportunity for both clubs and their respective supporters to pay their respects to the victims and the emergency services who showed so much courage and bravery in the face of the disaster.
Arsenal have also confirmed that supporters purchasing tickets to the match (they aren’t yet on sale) will be given a chance to donate an optional £5 when they buy their match ticket.
On behalf of the club, CEO Ivan Gazidis said: “With the rest of the nation, Arsenal Football Club was shocked by the incident at Grenfell Tower and our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.
“The club stands side by side with Chelsea in reaching out to the community and expressing our support and solidarity for those who have lost friends and family, their homes and their sense of security in the wake of this tragic event.
“We also pay tribute to our city’s emergency services who showed immense courage and bravery. We play the FA Community Shield on Sunday, August 6, with the victims and the heroes of this terrible tragedy close to our hearts.”
Well done Arsenal. Well done Chelsea.
In light of the tragedy, we here at Arseblog are doing our little bit to help fundraise for those affected.
We’ve donated a signed hardback copy of “Together: The Story Of Arsenal’s Unbeaten Season” to the Authors for Grenfell Tower campaign.
Simply follow this link and leave your bid in the comment section. We’re pretty humbled to see that it’s already hit the £130 mark.