Red-dy for action

West Ham United's players took time out from training before the visit of Blackburn Rovers to show their support for the Richard House Children's Hospice's 'Go Red' campaign.

The club charity, based in nearby Beckton, is raising awareness for its fundraising initiatives by asking fans to wear red. Matthew Upson led the way for the Hammers by donning a bright scarlet wig as the rest of the squad stood behind a Richard House banner at Chadwell Heath.

The captain said: "It's important to support charities such as the Richard House Children's Hospice. They are one of our club charities, so we will do anything we can to play our part."

Upson did not mind one bit having to send himself up, especially as it was all for a good cause. "I don't mind making a bit of a fool of myself in the name of charity," he said with a smile. "As I said, we are always more than happy to do what we can."

The happy banter which ensued during the photo session continued as they ran off to start work on the pitches at Chadwell Heath. Joining the training session were Herita Ilunga, Scott Parker and Kieron Dyer with all three back in the thick of it after hamstring troubles.

It remains to be seen if they will join Carlton Cole in contention this weekend but their presence on the training pitches has added to the feelgood factor.

Click here for more information about the Richard House 'Go Red' campaign, which is running until Saturday 13 February, click here.

Richard House photo shoot