Mark Noble and Joe Cole helped to raise over £80,000 for the Richard House Children's Hospice at the recent Secret Garden Ball.

The West Ham United pair are both patrons of the Beckton-based hospice, which is also one of the Hammers' official Club charities.

The duo swapped their kit for smart suits to attend the event at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, joining fellow patrons, business people and long-standing supporters of Richard House.

The evening got off to a lively start with both Noble and Cole joining in a game of Heads and Tails as the guests guessed on the toss of a coin, with the last person standing, winning a prize.

This was followed by a three-course meal and an auction in which both players whole-heartedly took part. Cole was first to bid in the auction, which was hosted by renowned auctioneer Charlie Ross. The midfielder was successful as he beat others in the room to grab an exclusive behind-the-scenes designer package with fashion brand Warehouse.

Noble was also successful in his bid and went home with a signed and framed running spike belonging to sprinting legend Usain Bolt.

The funds raised from the auction will ensure they can continue to provide a service to children and young people with life limiting conditions and provide respite for their families.

As well as the main auction, there was also a raffle and a silent auction - where prizes included tickets and hospitality in Cole's own box for the next home match against Chelsea, while another prize was dinner and wine for four people at FiftyNine New Street, a restaurant partly owned by Cole and Noble along with other players.

Speaking about the event and his long-standing support of the hospice, Cole said: "It was a real pleasure once again to be supporting such a wonderful charity as Richard House. I have been a patron for a while now and I am always totally in awe of the brilliant work it does year in year out.

"If I can do my bit in helping where I can, raising money or just helping them raise awareness of what it does, then I am only too happy to do so. It is great that we as a Club can support such a charity right on our doorstep."

The hospice's work was shown in a short film made by 17-year-old Jordan Samuel, who has been making use of the services at Richard House since he was nine years old. The teenager is a member of the hospice's Living Films Club, run together with family support worker Bernie Wighton. It is just one of the many projects offered by the hospice  alongside the practical and medical services it provides on a daily basis.

Noble, who asked for donations to Richard House instead of gifts at his wedding in 2012, was delighted to be helping the hospice in whatever way he could.

"It is such a special place. I have been there several times now and we as a Club have supported Richard House and visited as a team. Despite the difficulties the children, their families and all the staff go through, they always have smiling faces and make you welcome.

"So for me and Joe and us as a Club, to spend time helping in what way we can is something we do without question. If it enables the hospice to keep on doing the fantastic work that it does, then it is only a good thing."

Richard House chief executive Peter Ellis summed up what was a successful 14th annual ball, which ended with a performance by showband Pure Orange.

"It has been another tremendous night for us, to see old and new supporters of Richard House coming together again to help not only raise funds but support us in so many ways," said Ellis.

"This backing will allow us to continue to support families in and around London, to develop the service and care we provide and reflect our vision, which is for communities to journey together to create positive memories of living and dying.

"The support of West Ham, with Joe and Mark attending once again, is very valuable to us, as is all the work that many people do. We look forward to a continuing partnership that will allow us to keep providing a high level of care and unique experiences to all those who come to Richard House."

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