Chelsea Stars Help Mark Hospital's 30th Birthday

Mount, Silva and Cucurella surprise patients and Chelsea and Westminster

The three footballers join the celebrations

Some of Chelsea FC’s star players came along to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital recently to help it celebrate its 30th birthday.

Staff and patients were surprised and delighted to see Mason Mount, Thiago Silva and Marc Cucurella as they handed out gifts including Chelsea footballs, cushions, water bottles and pens.

The trio also presented the hospital with a Chelsea shirt signed by all of the first team squad accompanied with the number 30 on the back to celebrate the milestone.

Four patients from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital joined the players and the rest of the Chelsea squad for an exclusive visit into the training ground to watch their heroes in action.

The Chelsea players surprise one of the patients The Chelsea players surprise one of the patients

Ava Lyon, said, ‘An amazing day, I can’t believe it. To meet Mason Mount and Reece James is a dream come true and something I will remember forever.’

Michael Wall, said, ‘It was brilliant to be able to watch the players train and then meet them all afterwards. Raheem Sterling is my favourite player so it has really cheered me up to be able to meet him today.’

CEO of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Lesley Watts, with staff and patient alongside the 30 shirt that was gifted by Chelsea FCCEO of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Lesley Watts, with staff and patient alongside the 30 shirt that was gifted by Chelsea FC

Simon Taylor, Head of Chelsea Foundation, said, ‘Following our regular visits to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital over a number of years, it was a pleasure to be able to support their 30th anniversary celebrations.

‘I’ve been lucky enough to see the tremendous work of the staff here on a number of occasions, and to be able to bring our players down to support an important milestone for the hospital but also bring some happiness to the patients, is something we are extremely proud of.’

Chief Executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Lesley Watts said, “We have a long-standing relationship with the club, so it was very special to see the players meeting staff, children and families on Neptune, Mercury and Apollo wards this week. We are very grateful of the all tremendous support of the players and the wider club to our hospital’.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital began their 30th anniversary celebrations this Thursday 25 May. It held a charity abseil down the side of the hospital with staff members to kickstart fundraising for their goal to raise 30 million pounds alongside the hospital’s charity, CW+.

Hospital supporters Amanda Holden, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Richard Arnold, Abbie Quinnen and local club Fulham FC sent video messages of thanks to mark the occasion.

Patient and singer-songwriter, Sophie Ellis-Bextor said: “A huge thank you to all the staff at Chelsea and Westminster. I have had 5 babies at the hospital and everyone we encountered was so amazing. Happy birthday!”

Hospital Radio Chelsea and Westminster was also part of the celebrations, by broadcasting a day of 90s music requests and interviews with long-serving staff.

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May 29, 2023