Reading FC Women’s match-worn shirts from their home fixture against Chelsea – embroidered with the Poppy Appeal logo – have raised a whopping £1,277 for the charity!
Worn on Remembrance Sunder 11th November in the WSL1 clash at Adams Park, the shirts were subsequently set for auction online and received a total of 94 bids for the shirts through a week. Every penny raised has been donated to The Royal British Legion, to be used towards its work in Berkshire.
Gaynor Dingley, Community Fundraiser for Berkshire at The Royal British Legion, and Colin Edwards, Welfare Volunteer for RBL Berkshire, were invited to a training session at Bisham Abbey where Reading manager Kelly Chambers presented them with the donation.
Upon receiving the donation, Gaynor Dingley commented: “The money that has been so kindly donated will be used for welfare, such as housing, helping people back into work in the local area and helping families go away together. This money will also be used to help children who have been affected by a family breakdown because of post-traumatic stress, or because they’ve lost a mother or father in service. We do a lot of work in the Berkshire area, and we’re very proud to do it. Thank you again to Reading Women for this fantastic donation.”
Reading Women’s marketing manager Joe Manns added: “We’re delighted with the money we’ve been able to raise, and we're very proud to support The Royal British Legion and the work they do in Berkshire. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who placed a bid for one of the Poppy shirts and well done to all the winners; your money is going to a great cause.”