Earlier this week, Spurs Director Donna Cullen represented the Club at a remembrance service held at the Walter Tull Memorial at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium.
Walter Tull, a key figure in the Club’s history was the first black outfield professional footballer in England and represented Spurs between 1909 and 1911. Having moved to Northampton Town, he joined the army at the outbreak of war to be killed in action on March 25, 1918.
Some of the players will be wearing wristbands to support the Help for Heroes campaign.
Help For Heroes was the idea of Appeal Chairman Bryn Parry and a group of friends and relations, many of who have connections with serving servicemen and women. Bryn and his wife Emma wanted to do something to help the wounded and came up with the idea of a sponsored bike ride. They mentioned it to some friends who mentioned it to some more friends and suddenly Help For Heroes was born and growing fast. A flurry of visits to various offices led to the campaign being blessed by the head of the army, Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt.
Help For Heroes is backed by the Army Benevolent Fund, the Army’s own charity that does wonderful work for soldiers and other servicemen and women both directly and through its support of other service charities. http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/index.html
Around the ground there will also be a collection, held by members of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment who are raising funds for the Afghanistan Memorial Fund. The battalion has recently returned from a six month tour to Southern Afghanistan where they lost nine of their men in battle, with a further 61 sustaining battlefield injuries. One of the fallen was life-long Spurs fans and Enfield resident Daz Bonner.
The purpose of the fund is two-fold. Firstly, to provide assistance to those who have been seriously wounded, to help them have the best possible quality of life and to assist the families of those killed, secondly, to raise money for a permanent memorial to be erected to those from the Royal Anglian Regiment who have died during this tour. In order to have a quick effect, the fund will cease to exist on 01 July 2008 with all monies spent or allocated.
If you know of someone who would like to contribute to the Memorial Fund then they can send a cheque to: Maj RC Barrett, Fund Treasurer, Battalion Headquarters, Elizabeth Barracks, Pirbright, Surrey, GU24 0DT or contribute at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Please give generously.
Please note, to mark Remembrance Sunday, a minute's silence will be held before kick off against Wigan.