Lightning set to present Royal British Legion with over £2,500
The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning has thanked supporters for raising £2,582 for the Royal British Legion at their home game against the Cardiff Devils last month.
The Elite League club took to the ice in front of over 1,800 supporters on Saturday 10 November wearing specially designed jerseys to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Each jersey was “owned and loaned” by supporters who were personally presented with the game-worn item straight after the game, by the player who wore it.
In addition, supporters could enter a prize draw to win one of the jerseys bearing the number “11-11” instead of a player’s number. Entries were available on the club’s online store as well as at the Arena on the night. And, somewhat fittingly, the sought-after shirt was won on Armistice eve by a Royal Navy veteran.
MKL owner Graham Moody thanked fans for their generosity. “We know full well how generous Lightning supporters have always been - but even we were astounded when the Own & Loan jerseys were all spoken for literally less than ten minutes after going online.
“Then when the grid numbers were made available online - which has never been done before - we were blown away by how popular they were! The centenary of the Armistice is a once in a lifetime event that people have taken to their hearts and Rhino Sports came up with a phenomenal jersey design for the occasion.
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to hand over £2,582 to a great cause like the Royal British Legion. Thank you to the Supporters’ Club volunteers who helped to make it possible and to everyone who contributed. Things like this are what makes this club so very special for its fans.”
Both initiatives were organised by the Supporters’ Club and Graham also thanked them for their work. “The Supporters’ Club has a great group of helpers who work tirelessly throughout the whole year to raise funds for MK Lightning. Without the dedication and passion of these helpers, the MKLSC and the team on the ice wouldn’t be what it is. Since they formed in 2007 the Supporters’ Club has raised in total in excess of £750,000, and there’s no better indication that Milton Keynes Lightning has something special off the ice.”