West Ham Utd continue generous support - Barts Charity
Flagbearers Bianca and Nasiha from Newham Hospital 1

West Ham Utd continue their generous support

As part of West Ham Utd’s ongoing support for Barts Charity, the Club have arranged a number of activities to boost the morale of Barts Health NHS staff this Christmas.

  • Date: May 22, 2020

West Ham’s continued support

For West Ham’s home match against Manchester United on Saturday, two staff from Newham Hospital were the flagbearers. Bianca and Nasiha work at the children’s Rainbow Centre, which usually enjoys a visit from the team each Christmas. The nurses then joined the 2,000 people in the socially-distanced crowd who were allowed to watch the Hammers play at the London Stadium for the first time since March.

“The game was such good fun except the result!” said Bianca. “It was an experience that I personally won’t forget! The atmosphere was amazing. Everybody was so friendly, both staff and supporters, which made it all the nicer!

“The continued support and experiences such as these that West Ham United offer to Barts Health and Barts Charity are invaluable and so many at Barts, me included, are super grateful for all they do!”

A show of support from West Ham United

Palpable excitement

Also attending the match was Whipps Cross Hospital worker Denise and her family. Earlier this year, Denise’s father Denis – a Hammers fan for over 85 years – received a call from player Pablo Zabaleta while he was undergoing treatment at Newham Hospital. Denis sadly recently passed away after battling Covid-19. West Ham invited his family to enjoy the match from a box in dedication to Denis.

Denise said: “We had a brilliant time being wined and dined and enjoyed the excitement of being part of the crowd, something we have missed this season. All the staff were welcoming and the excitement of having fans back to the ground was palpable. It was poignant at times as we remembered Dad, knowing that he would have loved being spoilt in such great surroundings.”

Denise and her family enjoy the box pre-match

Chatting with Declan Rice

Last week, Hammers and England midfielder Declan Rice surprised Operational Support Officer Matt Roy with a video call. Matt has played a key role in distributing PPE to the wards this year, and also helps deliver the presents from our Christmas Gift Appeal. As a lifelong West Ham fan, Matt got to chat to his hero Declan about his memories of the club and their Champions league chances.

Thank you West Ham

We’ve been extremely grateful for the Club’s support throughout 2020, which has included a number of video calls with patients and staff, free football shirts, and a tribute to NHS staff in their matchday programmes.


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Hammers and England midfielder Declan Rice surprised Operational Support Officer Matt Roy with a video call.