West Ham United supporters have again been thanked for the generosity which has helped Richard House Children's Hospice raise more vital funds.
The Beckton-based children's hospice, which is one of West Ham's official Club charities and has Hammers midfielders Mark Noble and Joe Cole as patrons, collected £2,056 around the last match of the 2012/13 season against Reading on Sunday 19 May.
Such donations are vital for the hospice, which relies totally on contributions to keep it going and be able to provide respite and support to the families of those whose lives are limited due to terminal illnesses and complex health conditions.
The sum of money raised around the Reading match will enable one child or young person to stay at the hospice for a weekend, receiving care and attention around the clock.
Richard House community fundraising manager Viv Talbot said: "The money will enable us to look after a child or young person and give their families or carers a much-needed break for a couple of days, which will mean so much to both. It is a main part of what we do and without donations like this, we would simply not be able to carry out this service.
"Once again, the contribution of West Ham fans will help make a difference, so it is much appreciated. We also thank the Club for the continued support it gives us."
The Club also provided match tickets to the hospice for our home game against Newcastle United for a siblings group visit. Brothers and sisters of youngsters from the hospice were given a treat as they watched the Hammers take on the Magpies.
Despite no goals, the visit was enjoyed by all and allowed the group, whose lives are affected by the life-threatening health conditions of their siblings, to enjoy a day out and a much-welcomed break.
Richard House sibling group leader Kay Carpenter said: "It was a fantastic day out and everyone enjoyed the match. As well as providing the much needed care and support to those who are terminally ill, we also try to make the lives of those other family members, who are also affected, as bright as possible. Trips like this are a real tonic and we thank West Ham for hosting us."
Richard House is holding a number of events over the summer, with all of the money raised going to the hospice. It includes a Midsummer Ball, on 20 June. For more details on that and other dates in the diary, visit here.