Search

Footie stars brighten up hospital

08:08 20 December 2010

Imaan Sheikh with player Jonathan Spector

Imaan Sheikh with player Jonathan Spector

Archant

West Ham United stars brought joy to young hospitak patients.

The players spent time delighted young patients, their relatives and staff at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust when they visited armed full of Christmas gifts.

Twelve of the first team players turned Santa for the afternoon and brightened up the day for the sick children when they gave up their time to make the special festive trip recently. The team gave out giant goodie bags to each patient in Rainbow Ward for children. The bags were filled with West Ham gifts including soft toys, a football, bag and an annual.

The players also presented four large flat screen televisions, paid for by the stars, to the ward.

The squad chatted to the young patients, their relatives, and staff and posed for photos and signed autographs. Dr Mike Gill, Medical Director at the Trust, greeted the players and accompanied them on their visit.

Sophia Touzani, Ward Manager, said: “We were absolutely delighted and overwhelmed with the visit and the huge generosity and support of the players and the club for donating so many wonderful gifts and their time. Christmas really did come early for Rainbow Ward!

“Our young patients loved meeting the players, as did our staff. We feel honoured and privileged to have been chosen for this visit. The large televisions will make such a difference to so many children who are patients here both now and for many years in the future.”

Matthew Upson, West Ham United Captain, said: “We were only too happy to come and visit the youngsters here at Newham Hospital and we hope that we gave them some Christmas cheer as they go through what must be a very difficult time for them and their families. It was also great to meet all the staff who work around the clock to care for the children. We hope that they enjoyed the visit as much as we did.”

340 words with pix

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

12:00
General Havelock pub in High Road, Ilford. Picture: Google Street View

A man in his 50s was found stabbed in the heart after police were called to reports of a large disorder at a pub on Saturday.

Redbridge's enforcement team

More than £7,500 of fines were handed out in Ilford town centre by Redbridge Council’s enforcement team, during a month-long crack down on littering.

Rita Chadha, from Ramfel

A leading charity is offering support to migrant victims of hate crime in the borough, after reports of a rise in xenophobic crimes following Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union.

Yesterday, 16:55
One of the pieces of jewellery stolen from a property in Chigwell on Tuesday. Picture: Essex Police

Tiffany jewellery and a Rolex watch were stolen after a home was burgled during the day.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe