The EFL and EFL clubs are to donate a six figure sum to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in a show of solidarity from the football family towards those impacted by the recent tragedy in London.
Earlier today, the Football Association (FA) announced plans to raise £1.25 million in support of those affected by the fire with funds from the 2017 Community Shield plus other donations to be dedicated to the cause.
Following discussions with the FA, EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has agreed a commitment whereby the EFL and its Member Clubs will collectively make a donation of £175,000 to the appeal.
EFL Clubs have been asked to contribute their share of the proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield, with the EFL topping up the total amount to provide aid and support to those who have suffered through the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.
The FA Community Shield raises hundreds of thousands of pounds every year, with funds provided through Clubs for distribution to community-based initiatives and charities up and down the country.
EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “First and foremost, loved ones have been lost and homes destroyed so our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected. Tributes must also be made to the emergency services who bravely risked their lives to save others.
“In donating funds from the 2017 FA Community Shield, the football family is coming together to make a significant commitment to the cause. Such compassion and commitment is testament to the good will within football and the values it maintains in supporting communities in their times of need.”