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Weimann urges fans to keep backing Acorns Day campaign

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Weimann urges fans to keep backing Acorns Day campaign

Andreas Weimann has urged supporters to keep backing the Acorns Day campaign - which has raised an incredible £46,000 for Acorns so far.

The relationship between the club and its official charity partner was celebrated at Saturday's home game against Fulham with a host of activities taking place at Villa Park as part of Acorns Day.

Austrian under-21 international and Villa academy graduate Weimann made it a perfect day when he scored his first goal for the first team to secure a precious home win and he is determined to build on this success over the rest of the season.

"I told myself when I came on the pitch that I would get at least one chance, which I did and I'm delighted that it proved to be the winning goal," Weimann said.

"It was a brilliant feeling and the mood in the dressing room afterwards and at the training ground today was and is really positive.

"Hopefully I can get some more chances in our upcoming games, starting against Bolton, and hopefully I will take those chances too. It's a great feeling.

"The win against Fulham was made extra special by the fact that it was Acorns Day.

"The relationship we have at the Club with Acorns is a really close one. Everyone at Villa feels it close to their heart.

"We are trying to raise £50,000 which is enough money to run an Acorns hospice for a week and we're nearly there, having managed to raise £46,000 so far.

"We still have some items available for auction online and people can get the details at and

"They can also text AVFC12 £3 to 70070 and all of the money we raise will go to Acorns which will really make a difference."

Before Saturday's game, a family fun day was held in the Villa Park Indoor Academy while a special edition of the Villa News & Record went on sale with some of the proceeds going to Acorns.

Staff from around the club have also been getting involved with various fundraising activities over the past fortnight.

An online eBay auction has also been successful - and some amazing items are still up for grabs.

Bidding opened on Saturday night for a football signed by Darren Bent from the 2-2 draw against QPR when the Villa striker netted his 100th Premier League goal.

Two rare Villa shirts bearing the Acorns logo, which were produced specially for chairman Randy Lerner, are also up for auction.

From tonight you can start bidding on the match-worn shirts from Saturday's 1-0 victory over Fulham.

The shirts were specially embroidered with 'Acorns Day, Saturday 10th March, 2012' on the front.

Click here to bid on the current eBay items. 

By @AVFCOfficial 12th March 2012
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