Carlisle United Football Club are delighted to announce that through sales of the limited-edition Poppy Badge, a match day bucket collection and stints of volunteering in Tesco Rosehill by our Community Sports Trust team, we have helped to raise a total of £13,071.63 to go towards this year’s Poppy Appeal.
Almost £1,000 was donated by fans when British Legion volunteers attended the Newport County game earlier this month, with Tommy the World War One soldier attracting plenty of interest.
The Blues Store and Ticket Office have been selling the special edition Carlisle United Poppy Badges, and they completely sold out at the Newport fixture with over £2,800 being raised.
Our Community Sports Trust team, headed up by John Halpin and John Sander, spent two weeks volunteering in Tesco Carlisle, with a huge number of different items available from the stall. Their efforts helped to raise over £9,000 with help from various other volunteers and organisations.
Community Sports Trust Manager John Halpin said: “As a Trust we always like to do our bit with the British Legion, but this year has been the first time we've been based in Tesco at Rosehill.
"The generosity shown by everyone was great to see, and I think the Poppy Appeal was even more important this year with it being the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice. We'd like to thank everybody, on behalf of the British Legion and the club, for helping us to raise this amazing amount."
Retail manager Jenny Anderson said: “This is the first time we've had club specific Poppy Badges, and they've gone down extremely well with our fans.
"They're something a bit different, and they've helped us to raise money for a fantastic cause in what is an important year for the British Legion.
"Thank you to everyone who has supported our Poppy Appeal activities this year, and thank you to the veterans of the King's Own Royal Border Regiment for playing their part."