Foundation helps tackle isolation

The West Ham United Foundation in collaboration with East Thames and Café Football, held a fundraising football tournament to help tackle isolation and loneliness.

Twelve teams took part in the seven-a-side Champions League themed football tournament including East Living FC – East Thames’ team for people with mental health needs, West Ham United Academy and Café Football among others.

All money raised from the day will help fight isolation and loneliness among East Thames’ vulnerable residents by funding sport and community activities.

West Ham United Foundation held the fundraising tournament at their training facilities in Beckton and provided referees and refreshments for the players.

The tournament was followed by a trophy and medals presentation after the match at Café Football’s restaurant in Westfield, Stratford.

WHU Foundation Football Development Manager Bryan Glover, spoke of his delight at supporting such a great cause.

“All of us at the Foundation were delighted to support the event on the day. The Foundation staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience and working in partnership with East Thames. We look forward to continuing and developing the partnership in the very near future.”

Louise Kemp, Director of Marketing Café Football, too, looked to build on what has already been a successful programme.
“Café Football is really proud to be sponsoring East Living Football Club for the new season. We’re delighted to be involved in their projects helping vulnerable adults participate in competitive football. East Living does a tremendous amount to enable those with mental health needs to improve their health and fitness and we’re looking forward to working together over the next 12 months.”
Jason, East Living FC team member, testified to the life-changing work of the programme. 

“ELFC has helped me in dealing with depression, enabling me to be socially active and given me self-confidence, allowing me to be comfortable with myself. It gives me the opportunity to work hard in a time setting, achieving goals.”

Chartered Surveyors and Construction Consultants Martin Arnold were the triumphant winners of the tournament for the second year running and received their very own replica Champions League trophy.