Chelsea teddies to put smiles on faces
news Mon 13 Mar 2017
Newborn babies will receive a Chelsea FC teddy bear as part of the club’s commitment to our community, creating a new generation of Blues fans.
This latest initiative will ensure as many as 10,000 newborns per year at two of the biggest maternity units in London, at Chelsea and Westminster and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea hospitals, will enjoy a gift from the club.
Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is the only maternity and neonatal care hospital in our local borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, and houses the largest neonatal intensive care unit in the country.
Laura Kell, Acting Director of Fundraising at Imperial College Healthcare, said: ‘We’re thrilled that the Chelsea Foundation has offered a special teddy bear to all our newborns at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital.
‘It’s a lovely initiative that Imperial College Healthcare Charity are proud to support.’
Each Christmas, the first team squad visit young patients at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, situated just down the road from Stamford Bridge. The players bring smiles to the youngsters by handing out gifts and taking time to be with the children and their families who are spending the festive period in hospital. In partnership with the hospital’s charity, CW+, we are supporting the neonatal intensive care unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital by giving each newborn on the unit one of these teddy bears.
Rob Hodgkiss, Chief Operating Officer for Chelsea and Westminster, said: ‘Our hospital and Chelsea Football Club are both important pillars for the local community.
‘Many of our patients in hospital, and our staff who work hard to care for them, are avid Chelsea fans and we are always so grateful for the support we receive from the club, the players, the fans and the Foundation.
‘We are delighted that newborns will receive such a thoughtful gift and know that it will put a real smile on the faces of their parents, too.’