A visit from West Ham stars
Published: December 21, 2016
West Ham stars visit the hospice
Stars of West Ham United brought some festive spirit to the young people at Richard House Children’s Hospice when they paid a visit yesterday.
Seven players came along to the hospice in Beckton, which supports families in London whose children and young adults are at risk of death from a life-limiting health condition. Mark Noble, Andy Carroll, Darren Randolph, Sam Byram, Havard Nordtveit, Raphael Spiegel and Alvaro Arbeloa spent the afternoon chatting with the families and making Christmas cards, playing music instruments and computer games as well as signed hand prints. They also brought festive goodies for families to enjoy.
Noble is a patron at the hospice, and the club has been an active supporter of the charity since 2000. Players from the club have been making the annual Christmas visit to Richard House for many years. He said: “I’ve supported Richard House for nearly ten years and we enjoy coming here every Christmas to put a smile on the children’s faces.”
Kevin Shabani was one of children who met the team. He suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which in simple terms means he was born with half a heart. He is recovering from a heart transplant that he had earlier in the year. His mum Enkeleda said: “It’s an absolute blessing to have West Ham visit and support the families in Richard House care, it’s very touching and it means a lot to Kevin. He had a heart biopsy last week and knowing that he is going to meet West Ham players helped him get through it as he was so excited about meeting them.”
Peter Ellis, chief executive at Richard House said: “We are delighted that the players were able to visit so close to Christmas and help make the festive season that much more special for families at Richard House. The club is a long-standing supporter of Richard House and this demonstrates their ongoing commitment.”