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Posted on: Fri 28 Oct 2011

Chelsea Football Club will help launch the national Poppy Appeal this weekend when we host Arsenal.

The Royal British Legion celebrates its 90th anniversary and is aiming to raise £40 million during 2011. Every year the Poppy Appeal, which leads up to Remembrance Sunday, raises millions of pounds for service personnel, ex-service personnel and their families.

Members of the Armed Forces will be around Stamford Bridge before kick-off collecting donations on behalf of the British Legion and the players are also helping raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.

The players' shirts for the game will display an embroidered poppy, the symbol of the British Legion. It originates from the poppy fields of Flanders, the scene of some of the most tragic battles in World War One, and will be on the players' chests.

After the game, the special shirts will be donated to the British Legion's Poppy Appeal and auctioned online to raise money for the important cause. If you would like to make a bid for one of the shirts, safe in the knowledge the money will all go towards helping ex-servicemen and women, search on eBay for "Chelsea FC shirt auction - 2011 Poppy Appeal".

Before kick-off, both sides will be led out on to the pitch by two Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, who maintain a strong link with the club, and four members of the Armed Forces - Corporal of Horse, David Young, Colour Sgt Paul Baines MC, Sgt Adrian Burton and Christian Rawling.

As well as the activities on the pitch and around the stadium to launch the Poppy Appeal, there will also be members of the Armed Forces and military veterans in the stands for the game. Chelsea has donated 50 tickets to the Royal British Legion.

That is on top of the 50 tickets donated by the Blues to the Tickets for Troops organisation for every home game as part of the club's year-round support for the military charities.

Ten-year-old Connor Lockett and his mother Natalie will be guests in the directors' box for the game. Connor and his mother have also been guests for the past two years. His father Sergeant Michael Lockett died in September 2009 while serving with the 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment in Afghanistan. Chelsea fan Michael had remained in the country after his tour of duty finished to help his fellow soldiers on one more patrol and was presented with the Military Cross by the Queen in 2007.


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