Club pledges fee to Grenfell Tower fund

Fri, 23 Jun 2017

We will donate our fee for participating in the FA Community Shield against Chelsea to those tragically affected by last week's Grenfell Tower fire.

The football season's traditional ‘curtain raiser’ has a long tradition of raising money for a variety of charity and community organisations and gives the two London clubs a chance to come together to show support for a community which has lost so much in the wake of this tragic event.

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It is hoped the game will raise in the region of £1.25 million for the victims.Chief executive 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."

Supporters purchasing tickets to the match will also be given a chance to join the club in its show of solidarity and donate an optional £5 when they buy their match ticket.Following the fire last week, the Arsenal Hub – home of Arsenal in the Community - was used as a base for local residents to drop off any items they wished to donate to the families affected by the fire.

Arsenal in the Community delivered Arsenal clothing and merchandise, as well as water, snacks and items donated by local residents to a number of community centres that were providing assistance to those in need.

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