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Club thanked by matchday guests

6 November 2013

Organisations were in attendance at Sheffield United game

Shrewsbury Town have received messages of thanks from their matchday guests for the exposure given to their organisations by the club at Saturday's game against Sheffield United.
The Royal British Legion launched their Poppy Appeal with the matchball spectacularly delivered by a Griffin helicopter from RAF Shawbury which landed on the pitch shortly before kick off.
There was also a warm welcome from Town and Sheffield United fans for local heroes Corporal Ricky Furgusson and Rifleman Ben Taylor when they stepped forward to receive the ball.
Peter Whalley, Shropshire community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, said: "Many thanks for all the help from Shrewsbury Town in making the day such a great success.
"The initial feedback I have received from my guests and volunteers is excellent and the event has certainly given the Appeal a great boost in the county.
"Please pass my thanks on to all the club staff who looked after my guests so well throughout the day." 
Some 1,300 balloons were released on the pitch at half time for the Shropshire and Mid Wales Pituitary Group.
Christine Webb, co-ordinator for the group, said: "We were elated when Shrewsbury scored the second goal to make it 2-0. It just made our balloon race very special indeed and we would like to pass on our congratulations to the team on a fantastic result." 
Shrewsbury Street Pastors were also given a platform by the club to showcase the good work they do.
Steve Jones, volunteer co-ordinator, said: "It was a great game to come to and we had a great reaction from the Shrewsbury fans in the stand we were in. The club's staff were very supportive and helpful."
Martin James, head of community development at Shrewsbury Town, added: "It was great to be able to showcase the hard work put in by local charities which benefit the community.
"It was a blustery afternoon but we still managed to have the matchball spectacularly delivered by helicopter and launch hundreds of balloons.
"The fact we also beat Sheffield United made it an even better day."

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