Spreading the Christmas cheer at St George’s Hospital
Some of you may recognise the hospital sounding a little familiar? Well that’s because it’s the setting for the TV series 24 hours in A&E. But the reason for me putting pen to paper is actually to tell you about a recent visit I was involved with through the club.
Just to give you a little introduction to who I am, I’m Helen and I am part of the women’s setup after signing for the club in the summer. I’m an attacking player and enjoying scoring and creating goals most of all!
St George’s Hospital is local to the football club and every year around Christmas time, the AFC Foundation organise a visit to the hospital for first team players and staff to meet the children and their families. It’s an opportunity to say hello to the children, hand out Christmas presents, and take plenty of photos!
This week we did just that. It was a truly fulfilling day spent meeting all the children on the wards, talking to their families and seeing the smiles that were brought to their faces during an understandably difficult time.
With this being my first season, it hasn’t been something I have been involved with before, but I would absolutely jump at the chance again.
I was grateful to have the opportunity to join the men’s team and the foundation who made me feel so welcome, and being able to represent the women’s side. It really brought home the sense of a one club feel, bringing us all together to give back to such a brilliant cause.
It wouldn’t have been possible for me to get involved without the support of my workplace Virgin Media. We are entitled to a volunteering day each year, where we can dedicate our time to a cause of our choice. A big thank you to everyone that made the day possible!
From everyone at AFC Wimbledon Ladies, Merry Christmas everyone, and we look forward to welcoming you to our games in the new year!