Funds raised for charities top half-a-million mark
Villa can announce that funds raised to support charities totalled half-a-million this year.
The figure gathered on behalf of Villa by a host of organisations for 2011-12 was a whopping £642,000.
That included £210,000 for charity partner Acorns, including Acorns Day as well as donations brought in by supporters, corporate guests as well as Lions Club events.
We also managed to raise £6,500 for the Royal British Legion, collected predominantly in one week via the Poppy Appeal.
Organisations who will feel the power of the money come from a vast array of sectors, including education, sport, health, armed forces, children, elderly and community.
Ravi Masih, community relationships manager, said: "We are delighted to reveal the figure raised this past year.
"Funds raised go to very worthwhile organisations - who really need a financial boost - and that's the fantastic thing about it all.
"Acorns are obviously one and we're delighted to support them again this year.
"It's a terrific partnership and one we here at Villa are immensely proud of.
"We were thrilled to start the relationship with Acorns all those years ago and the spirit lives on as strong as ever now."
Paul Faulkner, chief executive, added: ''Raising funds and supporting worthy causes is something that has always been important to Aston Villa, and we're very proud of the efforts of our fans, staff and players over the past 12 months in making such a valuable contribution.
"William McGregor once said that 'for activity in philanthropic enterprise...the superiors of Aston Villa cannot be found' and I like to think that is something the club and our supporters continue to demonstrate to this day."
This year's Acorns Day will be celebrated around the QPR game.
Check out the website in the coming week for more details.