Brentford have announced that they raised just over £23,000 to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire after their fund raising match with Southampton last weekend.
The game, which ended in a 2-2 draw, saw 4,825 people attend, over 1,500 of which were Southampton fans, meaning almost £20,000 profit was generated from ticket sales before fans and partners of the club chipped in to reach the £23k total.
Brentford fans shaking buckets collected just over £700 while Club Partner Utilita made a donation of £1,000 and Curtis Sport, the Club’s Official Programme Supplier, donated £1 from every issue sold directly to the fund.
Attendees purchased 708 copies of the new Brentford programme, which added to the final total.
Advance, who operate the club's ticketing service, waived their fees from the first 500 online transactions, while there was also a £200 from Novotel, while Bees 50/50, with the Club’s half-time draw raised funds for the cause with Brentford Community Sports Trust donating the share it would have received – £500 – to the Grenfell Tower effort.
The Club also invited residents from the tower and surrounding area to the match as well as members of the emergency services that helped.
Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: "The Club was pleased to be able to play a small part in raising funds and providing some respite for both those directly affected by the disaster and our magnificent emergency services.
"The response from fans both in their attendance and in the further donations on matchday was overwhelming and they helped us to raise more than £20,000 in profits from ticket sales and bucket collections.
"I would also like to thank our Club partners – Utilita, Novotel, Brentford, Advanced and Curtis Sport for their support of the cause.
"In total, we have been able to raise more than £23,000 which will be donated to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund: Grenfell Tower Fire. Thank you to everyone for their generosity."