James Chambers, Andy Taylor and team captain Adam Chambers wearing the unique,      Marie Curie yellow warm-up shirts.

Walsall FC supporters invited to get 'shirty' to help raise money for Marie Curie

Posted 9 September 2014 11:17 AM by Mark Round

The shirts will be worn by the players during the warm-up session ahead of the team’s fixture against Preston North End this Saturday (13th September) with a host of special events taking place on the day to raise funds for the charity.

The special event follows on from the recent announcement that HomeServe donated £1.5million to its charity partner, Marie Curie. The charity provides free hands-on care for people with all terminal illnesses in their own homes, or in one of its nine hospices, and vital emotional support for their loved ones.

Greg Reed, Chief Marketing Officer at HomeServe Membership Ltd. said: “We’re incredibly proud to be able to support Marie Curie in this manner and we’re confident both the supporters and staff will embrace the opportunity to mark this special occasion. With HomeServe having an office in Preston, it seemed like the fitting opportunity to bring both the supporters and staff from HomeServe together for what promises to be a poignant and passionate day in equal measure.”

Supporters attending the match are also being invited to pledge their support for a loved-one affected by illness or simply their support for the team by signing a 12ft replica shirt of the Walsall FC kit, which is proudly sponsored by HomeServe. The shirt will be located outside the HomeServe stand before kick-off from 1:45pm.

The giant shirt will then be taken inside the ground and will be handed to fans in the Tile Choice stand where it will be passed around the stadium. The event also promises to be a special occasion for football mad Katie Atter, aged 11 and James Atter, aged 7 who will be attending as the match day mascots. 

Sadly their father Mick, who was cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands, passed away earlier this year, Katie and James will lead the teams onto the pitch with a local Marie Curie Nurse as part of the pre-match ceremony.

Lynn Wood, Fundraising Manager at The Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands said: “HomeServe has already completed  four successful years as a Marie Curie corporate partner. It is extremely encouraging to see that its enthusiasm is a strong as ever, with it committing to another three years and a number of fundraising initiatives planned for the match at Banks’s stadium. It’s lovely to see how engaged the staff are in fundraising and the fact they are involving members of the local community like Katie, James and one of our nurses, Kevin, is brilliant.”  

Supporters can ‘Text to Donate’ money to the cause via messages that will be displayed on the new big screens in the ground.  To donate £2 today, text GOAL58 £2 to 70070 now!

To bid for the shirt worn and signed by your favourite player, head online to: www.ebay.co.uk/usr/walsallfootballclub