Arsenal raises £500,000 for autism charity

Arsenal Football Club has handed over more than £500,000 to TreeHouse, its charity for the 2007/08 season, after more than doubling its original fundraising target.

Hat trick: Wenger and Lucas support TreeHouse
Hat trick: Wenger and Lucas support TreeHouse

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Little Britain star Matt Lucas presented a cheque for £519,541 to the autism education charity at the Emirates Cup tournament last weekend.

It is the most the club has raised through its charity of the season initiative.

The 12-month partnership aimed to raise £250,000 through events and appeals, including its ‘Be a Gooner, Be a Giver' campaign, which began in December 2007.

Supporters, players and directors were encouraged to donate a day's wages and Treehouse received 50p from every programme sold at a charity match between Chelsea and Arsenal.

The money raised will fund new sports facilities within the charity‘s new national centre for autism education.

Arsenal's new charity of the season is the Teenage Cancer Trust. Treehouse has not announced a new corporate partner.


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