Signed Rovers shirts have raised £4,287 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 Rovers’ 1-1 draw with Rotherham United at Ewood Park on November 10th were auctioned on the CharityStars website.
The shirts raised an average of £238, with Bradley Dack – who scored a late equaliser in the game – proving most popular, as his shirt commanded a colossal £700.
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 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 EFL clubs. 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 so far raised over £40,000, remains ongoing, with signed match-worn Poppy shirts from clubs throughout the EFL available in the coming weeks.
Rovers’ Remembrance Day shirts raised the following:
Bradley Dack - £700
Ben Brereton - £375
David Raya - £351
Adam Armstrong - £350
Danny Graham - £310
Elliott Bennett - £275
Richie Smallwood - £240
Darragh Lenihan - £211
Harrison Reed - £180
Ryan Nyambe - £180
Joe Rothwell - £160
Kasey Palmer - £150
Jack Rodwell - £150
Craig Conway - £145
Lewis Travis - £140
Paul Downing - £125
Jayson Leutwiler - £125
Amari’i Bell - £120
Thank you for supporting such a worthy cause.