Chelsea offers to children in hospitals
Our men’s and women’s teams were eager to continue their support by giving Chelsea-themed gift bags for young people on the wards during the holiday season.
However, Covid and Flu restricted our customary large-number squad trips to local hospitals at Christmas time once again.
With the help of the players and staff from both teams, Chelsea assembled and distributed over 200 goody bags to kids on the pediatric wards of Chelsea and Westminster, St.
Mary’s and Kingston Hospitals.
A young 12-year-old fan was overjoyed with his gift at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which is close to Stamford Bridge: “I’ve always supported Chelsea.
“Two clubs had Argentine players when my parents emigrated from Argentina; one of them was Chelsea, and a player that played for them was named Crespo, which is also my last name.
I’ve been in the hospital for a few days, so receiving this present has made me quite pleased.
I was feeling a little down until Chelsea gave me a gift.
A picture, a fantastic Chelsea annual, and a miniature ball are all included.
I want to express my gratitude to Chelsea for all the presents.
By sending their own gifts to young supporters from the borough and surrounding areas, the women’s team extended its support of Kingston Hospital, which is located directly across from Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Magdalena Eriksson, the captain of Chelsea Women, said: “It is unfortunate that circumstances prevent us from making a team visit to the hospital this year.
We all really love it, and we all want to come back in person the next year.
Instead, we hope that the holiday season will be enjoyable for the kids on the wards thanks to these gifts from Chelsea.
“Every day spent in the hospital is tough and worrying for a young child and their family, but particularly so during the holiday season, when children should be having the most fun,” said men’s team captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
It’s vital to us to share holiday cheer wherever we can, so the Chelsea players and staff were thrilled to have the chance to give some presents to the young children in hospitals this Christmas.
The Kingston Hospital’s fundraising manager, Tracey Shaw, summed up what it meant for the kids this way: “We are extremely appreciative of Chelsea and the Foundation for their kind donations of toys for our kids in Kingston Hospital throughout the holiday season.
” This action instantly brightens a child’s face who may be distressed or afraid.
This type of distraction therapy has been clinically shown to hasten recovery and lessen anxiety.
We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone in the club for their support throughout the year.
Away from the field, the club and the Chelsea Foundation worked tirelessly during the holiday season alongside other community organizations.
The club has worked with Hammersmith and Fulham Council to support their annual Christmas meals for vulnerable and isolated residents, as well as Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Councils to offer an activity and food program for young people.
In addition to hosting a Christmas dinner for homeless people in collaboration with catering partner Levy and the Glassdoors charity.
The Foundation also organized a Christmas celebration at Stamford Bridge for our Active Seniors participants, including Chelsea icon Carlo Cudicini as the guest of honor, and collaborated with the US Embassy to provide Christmas gifts to young Ukrainian Refugees (seen above).
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