Charlton Athletic have helped raise over £7,500 for Help for Heroes and the Army Benevolent Fund following their game against Leyton Orient last month.

The match, which was also shown live on Sky, saw troops, wounded servicemen and veterans invited to The Valley on a night that generated £7,582.97 for the two Forces charities.

Bucket collections prior to kick-off and at half-time, plus the auctioning of an executive box for the game on eBay raised the incredible total.

Addicks Chief Executive Steve Waggott said: "It's a great sum of money and I'd like to thank all those who generously contributed.

"I know everyone who attended the game who was involved in the military in some way really appreciated the reception they received as well, and it was a memorable night for the club, even though the result didn't go our way on the pitch."

The players from Charlton and Orient entered the pitch through a guard of honour, and among the special guests at the game were Chelsea pensioners, troops and carers from the Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey as well as other service personnel.

The Addicks have worked closely with Woolwich Barracks as part of efforts to celebrate Charlton's links with the area's troops and the bond will continue with plans under way for Charlton Community Trust coaches to run football courses for children of army personnel.

Help for Heroes is a charity dedicated to raising vital funds for members of the British Armed Forces injured whilst serving their country and for the duration of the 2009/10 season, it is the official charity partner of The Football League.

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