Terry helps Chelsea celebrate milestone with Tickets for Troops charity
12:47 GMT, 23 November 2012
Chelsea captain John Terry joined up with Tickets for Troops to announce that the charity has distributed 300,000 free tickets in its three-year history.
The charity, which provides free tickets to members of the armed forces and those medically discharged since 2001, has also had over 115,000 servicemen and women register to make use of the service.
Just the ticket; Chelsea captain John Terry hands lifelong Blues fan Pte Tom Harding his gift
Charity patron: Terry chats with members of the armed forces after training at Cobham
Since it was launched in 2009, the
charity has provided free tickets to service personnel for major events
including The Brit Awards, James Bond’s Skyfall premiere, the FA Cup final, England Internationals at Wembley, The Diamond Jubilee Concert
at Buckingham Palace and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Private Tom Harding of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment and a lifelong Chelsea fan was allocated the 300,000th milestone ticket for Chelsea v Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Support: Chelsea have donated 50 tickets for every home fixture since the charity was set up in 2009
As part of the celebrations Pte
Harding was invited by Chelsea to meet club captain Terry at their
Cobham training ground in Surrey. Terry presented Pte Harding with the
300,000th ticket for the weekend’s game which includes access for him
and a guest to the Executive Lounge at Stamford Bridge.
Terry, who is a Tickets For Troops
Patron said: ‘It’s an honour to have met Tom and I’m delighted to have
been able to present him with the 300,000th ticket on behalf of Tickets
for Troops. Tom and his colleagues in the forces are real heroes and I
and everyone at the club have nothing but respect for the sacrifices
they make on behalf of our country. It is wonderful that so many
organisations have supported this incredible scheme and such a
substantial number of tickets have been donated.’
Chelsea were a founder supporter of
Tickets For Troops and have donated 50 tickets for every home fixture
since the charity was set up in 2009.
Pte Harding said: ‘I can’t believe it. I’ve been a Chelsea fan all my life but often find it difficult to attend games because of the nature of my job. I never expected in a million years that I would get to meet the captain at the training ground, let alone in the same week have the opportunity and privilege to watch Chelsea take on Manchester City from the Stamford Bridge Executive Lounge.
‘I can’t thank Tickets For Troops and Chelsea enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Tickets For Troops does such a fantastic job in keeping spirits high amongst the all the Armed Forces and I hope they can continue to operate for many years to come.’
Visit the website: www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk