Richard House game set for Saints

The npower Championship visit of Southampton on Tuesday 14 February has been designated as West Ham United's annual Richard House Children's Hospice match.

Richard House, in Beckton, was London's first children's hospice when it opened its doors in December 2002, and has been offering respite and home care services since 2000.

Since then, it has offered support to hundreds of families who have children with life-threatening, life-limiting or complex healthcare needs between the ages of 0 and 19-years-old.

The hospice takes its name from founder and Life President Anthea Hare, whose brother Richard died as a very young adult from
profound and multiple disabilities.

Hammers midfielder Mark Noble is a patron of Richard House and a group of players visited the hospice to meet patients and
family members and distribute gifts before Christmas.

Noble and his team-mates will wear t-shirts in the pre-match warm-up to raise awareness of the hospice's work.

Bucket collections will be held outside the Boleyn Ground on matchday, with supporters urged to give generously to this
outstanding charity.

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