The latest Community Day took place at Cobham earlier this week with a group of Chelsea fans having the opportunity to watch the players train, with one particular supporter thrilled to meet N'Golo Kante.
Arranged via the Chelsea Foundation, the Chelsea supporters were invited to see the men’s first-team squad put through their paces on the morning after our FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.
The fans and their families watched the players train before meeting them afterwards for pictures and autographs, with David Luiz and Eden Hazard among those the fans were most excited to meet.
Among those to spend time with our special visitors was midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who said: ‘It’s great to take some time out and give back to the community – it’s very important to make sure we do these things.
‘You just have to look at the smiles on the children’s face to see how much it means to them.
‘I enjoy these opportunities to give back as do the rest of the squad - it’s important we give these moments to our supporters and also to those who may need that little bit of a boost during a difficult time.’
Telamsile Dlamini, who was referred to us by the Willow Foundation - the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days - revealed that she had been counting down the days until she got to meet her favourite player, N’Golo Kante.
The life-long Blue finally got to experience that moment and her day was made even more special when the French midfielder surprised her with a signed Chelsea shirt.
The 21-year-old said: ‘Today was very special because I got to meet my favourite football player, N’Golo Kante.
‘It was just wonderful and I’m pretty sure my siblings enjoyed it just as much as I did. It’s been truly amazing!
Among our other guests was Jonny Finch, who attended along with his mother, Louise Finch, having been referred to us from the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.
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.