Colour of money: Bolton Wanderers’ green limited edition military shirts raise £6,000… and counting

More than £6,000 has been raised for a veteran’s charity through the sale of limited edition military style Bolton Wanderers shirts.

The green tops were launched as Bolton Wanderers’ third-kit last Friday, with £10 from each sale going directly to the military service charity, Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

Annette Hall, Blesma’s Head of Fundraising, has been delighted with the success that the initiative has been met with so far.

“This is a fantastic partnership and we’re very proud to be working with Bolton Wanderers,” she said.

“The fans gave us a great reception at the weekend [at the match against Derby] and we are looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Barry Le Grys, the Chief Executive of the charity, expressed his gratitude for the club’s support.

“We are delighted Bolton Wanderers have launched this initiative,” he said.

“Today our members face the realities of limb loss everyday of their lives. With support like this they will not be alone, and we are immensely grateful.” 

Bolton Chairman Phil Gartside expressed his pride at the agreement between the club and their official charity partners for the 2014-15 season.

“Everyone at Bolton Wanderers is proud to be supporting Blesma and the incredible work they do in supporting our limbless veterans,” he said.

The shirts have the slogan ‘Lest We Forget’ on the reverse and words from Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen inside the neck label.

Just 1,000 of the shirts were released and they are still available for season ticket holders to buy at a rate of one per ticket until Sunday October 12.

Any remaining tops will go on general sale on Tuesday October 14.

For more information on Blesma or to donate, click here.

Image courtesy of BWFC, via YouTube, with thanks

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