FOOTBALL FANS JOIN FORCES TO REMEMBER
Barrow and Accrington Stanley are coming together to mark Remembrance Day on Tuesday evening and both sets of supporters are encouraged to help them raise much-needed funds for the Royal British Legion.
It has been widely reported that the Royal British Legion’s fundraising efforts have been hampered by the Covid 19 pandemic, missing out on millions of pounds of donations to their annual Poppy Appeal.
In a bid to help, the Bluebirds Trust has teamed up with their counterparts at Accrington to launch an extra special fundraising drive in the build-up to Tuesday’s Papa John’s Trophy fixture at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
Both Trusts are organising their usual online raffles for the game and in a gesture of unity and to pay their respects, it has been decided that all profits will be donated to the two club’s local Royal British Legions.
“We might not be going to games at the moment, but we can still make a difference,” insisted Trust Chair Steve Herbert.
“It’s hugely important to all of us to show our respects to those who sacrificed their lives and I think it’s great that the two sets of supporters are going to be working together to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.”
“Hopefully both Barrow and Accrington fans can dig deep, and we can hand over a fantastic donation to the Royal British Legion to support all the valuable work they do.”
For Stanley, ex-serviceman and supporters trust member Jase Graham said, “it’s ironic this is the game nearest to the 11th of November for Barrow and Accrington’s first competitive game in many years.”
He added “Barrow and Accrington are both towns that have a real history of service, with many examples like the ‘Accrington Pals’ or Barrow’s proud naval shipbuilding heritage.”
Barrow Supporters Liason Officer Chris Altree, who also served in the armed forces, agreed saying, “ It’s great two old rivals can come together to respect those who made the ultimate sacrifice from their towns in many different conflicts.”
Prior to Tuesday’s game, the two captains will lay wreaths on the pitch as a mark of respect and a minute’s silence will be observed.
Supporters of either side can go on to the respective Supporters Trust websites at the links below if they wish to take part and raise money for the Royal British Legion.