Chelsea will donate all proceeds of next Thursday’s Barclays Under 21 Premier League match against Liverpool at Aldershot Town FC to the Nepal earthquake relief fund.
Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children, with all money going directly to the areas most affected by Saturday’s disaster. Bucket collections will also be made around the stadium at a fixture which last year attracted a crowd of almost 4,000. Kick-off at the Electrical Services Stadium, on Thursday 7 May, is 7.05pm.
Shots Chairman Shahid Azeem said: “We have all been deeply moved by the tragic events in Nepal and had to do whatever we could to help our friends in the region. I am very grateful to Chelsea for such a great gesture and for their support to the relief fund. This was already going to be a special match but now it is about more than just football.”
Neil Bath, Chelsea’s Head of Youth Development, said: “Chelsea recognise the strong links between Aldershot Town and the local Nepalese community and are delighted to be able to help with fundraising activities. We enjoy great support from football fans in Nepal, India and China and will also make a donation from raffle ticket sales at Sunday’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace.”
Further initiatives are being planned in conjunction with Rushmoor-based charity Sahara UK and Aldershot’s Buddhist Community Centre UK.