Festive cheer as West Ham players visit Queen’s Hospital children’s wards

Mick Ferris

Children staying at Queen’s Hospital in Romford were treated to an early present last week when they received a surprise visit from West Ham United players.

On Thursday December 15, first-team star Vladimír Coufal, Flynn Downes and academy player Jacob Knightbridge helped spread festive cheer and spent time on the Tropical Lagoon and Tropical Bay children’s wards.

The players raised the spirits of the children as they spent the afternoon chatting, handing out bags of gifts and having pictures taken with families and staff.

The visit was part of the club’s Players’ Project, which sees players from the men’s, women’s and academy teams give their time to engage with individuals, groups and causes across the community.

Vladimír Coufal said: “It was really amazing to visit Queen’s Hospital and make it a nice day for the children on the wards before Christmas. You can see how much it means to the kids.”

One of the lucky children to meet the players might not remember the experience in years to come…but her family certainly will!

Seven-month-old Edith comes from a family of Hammers fans and when her parents knew about the visit, they rushed to make sure she was ready and waiting in her West Ham baby grow.

Edith’s dad, Ritchie Hayden, said: “We’ve been here since Sunday but we’re going home today and the visit was a really nice end to a tough few days.”

Mick Ferris

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