The latest Community Day took place at Cobham on Monday with a group of Chelsea fans meeting Maurizio Sarri’s squad as they prepared for tomorrow’s Europa League tie against BATE Borisov.
Arranged via the Chelsea Foundation, the group of supporters were invited to see the first-team squad put through their paces at the training ground on Monday morning.
The fans and their families watched the players train before meeting them afterwards for pictures and autographs, with Ross Barkley, fresh from scoring a late equaliser on Saturday against Manchester United, and David Luiz among the players the fans were most excited to meet.
One of our visitors to Cobham was Billy Hughes and he was not only delighted to see the Blues in action up close but to also get the opportunity to meet his heroes thanks to both the Foundation and the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital.
Billy’s mother, Nicky Hughes, said: ‘Billy has cystic fibrosis and he was diagnosed when he was three weeks old and so he’s on a very strict regime of medication to keep him healthy.
‘He’s been going through a little rough patch lately so he’s been looking forward to today and it’s been amazing!
‘It’s days like these that really perk him up when he isn’t at his best emotionally and so today has been a great day out for him.’
Rachel Cresswell, marketing and communications officer at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital said: ‘Typically we do things like buying equipment and providing facilities and today came about because we want to also help improve patient life on a day-to-day basis.
‘We want to do something that will put a smile on their faces and so we got in touch with the Chelsea Foundation who are just down the road from us and here we found in Billy one of their biggest supporters!
‘For us it’s just about making life for our patients that little bit better and today here at Chelsea we’ve done that for Billy.’
Among our other guests were Josh Harrison, Daniel Disdale, James Barawitzka, Janie Barawitzka and Benjie Sword.
Our Community Day happens regularly over the course of the season with the Chelsea Foundation linking with a range of charities and individuals to arrange visits for worthy supporters and their carers.