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Supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Posted on 9 November 2014  - 09:00

As part of our annual support for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, today we welcome members of the 4th Battalion of the Rifles regiment and RAF Odiham, RAF Benson, RAF Brize Norton, RAF Cosford and RAF Waddington amongst other Armed Forces representatives to White Hart Lane on Remembrance Sunday.

Harry Kane pins his Poppy to the Poppy Wall at the LaneA fans pins his Poppy to the Poppy WallFans at the Poppy WallOver 4,000 Poppies have been pinned on the Popy Wall at the Lane

To mark the centenary year of the beginning of the First World War, players will wear special-edition ‘Football Remembers’ poppies on their shirts during the game which will later be signed and auctioned to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

Before kick-off, members from the 4th Battalion of the Rifles regiment and RAF will form a guard of honour to welcome Spurs and Stoke City teams on to the pitch.

Special guest, war veteran Norman Roache, whose father was an avid Spurs fan and fought in World War One, will be invited to place a wreath of poppies on the centre circle to mark the start of a minute’s silence to remember those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.

Please show your respects by taking part in the minute’s silence which will take place ahead of kick-off.

Fans who have been to the Lane over the last couple of weeks will have seen the Poppy Wall that has been installed on the North West corner of the stadium. Over the last fortnight, more than 4,000 poppies have been pinned on the wall by fans and players including Eric Dier and Harry Kane.

Those yet to have made a donation to the Poppy Appeal are encouraged to give generously to the Royal British Legion and pin a poppy to the wall as a way to remember our fallen heroes.

Charles Byrne, Director of Fundraising at the Legion said: "We're very grateful to Tottenham Hotspur for once again supporting the Poppy Appeal by allowing our volunteers to collect at the ground, and donating the match worn poppy shirts after the game. Over the last 5 years Spurs have raised over £160,000 to support our work and the money raised will help us to continue making a difference to the lives of serving and ex-Service people, and importantly their families too."

The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Service charity, providing practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families. The Poppy Appeal is the Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign and runs all year-round.