Signed Norwich City shirts raise more than £3,000 for charity

Daniel Sales from Sky Bet and Tom Broadbent of Bristol Rovers present a cheque to Chris Vernazza fro

Daniel Sales from Sky Bet and Tom Broadbent of Bristol Rovers present a cheque to Chris Vernazza from the Royal British Legion. Picture: Sky Bet - Credit: Archant

Signed Norwich City shirts have raised more than £3,000 for the UK's largest Armed Forces charity, The Royal British Legion.

The shirts were sold at last year's Sky Bet Poppy Shirt Auction, raising £3,654, and combined with other Sky Bet Championship teams raised £86,924 for the charity, bringing the total amount raised across three seasons to more than £310,00.

Signed, match-worn Poppy shirts from Norwich's fixtures against Leeds and QPR in November 2016 were auctioned on Sky Bet's eBay page, along with the limited-edition match-ball from the game, emblazoned with the emblematic Poppy logo.

The shirts raised an average of £73 with Kyle Lafferty's shirt raising the most, £159.

The highest one off item was Fernando Forestieri's signed shirt, worn in the 1-1 draw with Fulham on 19th November, which raised £561.82.

The teams whose shirts raised the most money were Sheffield Wednesday (£7,237.54), Brighton & Hove Albion (£5874.38) and Fulham (£4924.80).

Meanwhile, the ten limited edition footballs used in Championship games across the period raised £1,191.

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The money raised will be used by the Legion to support the vital welfare services it provides to the Armed Forces community.

Sky Bet spokesman Sandro Di Michele said: 'After the third season of a really rewarding partnership between ourselves and the Legion, we continue to be surprised by the generosity that fans show when bidding and donating to this important cause.

'We'd like to thank everyone who placed a bid on any of the items that were sold and thank the clubs in the Sky Bet Championship for their participation.'

The Royal British Legion's Chris Vernazza said: 'The Royal British Legion is delighted to have Sky Bet's ongoing support, which, along with the help of the generous public who bid on the shirts and balls, has raised over £310,000 in the last three years for the charity.

'The contribution is greatly appreciated and will assist the Legion in making a difference to the lives of Serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their families, who are in need of our welfare services.'

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