• Charity supports young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions
• Noah’s Ark is North London’s only children’s hospice
• Club to raise awareness and drive recruitment of volunteers for Noah’s Ark over two-year period
The Club is delighted to announce a two-year charity partnership with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice - North’s London’s only ‘Hospice at Home’ service providing support for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families.
The partnership will see the Club help raise awareness of the work of the charity and drive the recruitment of volunteers via high profile events and the support of the First Team players.
Today, the players were joined by children in the care of Noah’s Ark and their families at our Hotspur Way Training Centre to celebrate the start of the partnership.
At this Saturday’s huge North London derby match against Arsenal at White Hart Lane, the team's shirts that will be signed and auctioned to raise funds for Noah’s Ark. The team will also wear campaign t-shirts in the warm-up.
There will also be a collection held around the stadium by Noah’s Ark volunteers, with information made available to fans around how to become involved in the charity.
Daniel Levy, Chairman, said: “We are delighted to partner with Noah’s Ark, a fantastic organisation that operates on our doorstep and support the charity in achieving its goals over the next two years.
“As a high profile football club with a global fanbase of over 400 million, we have the unique ability to engage and inspire people around supporting good causes like Noah’s Ark.
“We hope to be able to highlight the wonderful work of Noah’s Ark in supporting young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families, while encouraging individuals to give up their time to volunteer for a great cause and further enhance the offering the charity is able to make.”
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice provides clinical, emotional and practical care and support to children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, with a central aim of enabling them to live life as fully as possible, regardless of cognitive or sensory ability.
The charity also provides respite and support to families, helping them to face the future with hope after bereavement.
In the past year, through ‘Hospice at Home’ and community-based services, including 102 Family Support Volunteers, Noah’s Ark has provided 7,932 hours of care and support to:
• 157 children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions
• 267 of their siblings
• 305 of their parents
With the support of Tottenham Hotspur over the next two years, Noah’s Ark hopes to increase its care provision from 15% to 50% of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions within its catchment area of Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Islington, Camden and Hertsmere including the recruitment of an additional 108 Family Support Volunteers and Event Support Volunteers.
Ru Watkins, Chief Executive, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, said: “For the next two years, we are proud to be the chosen charity partner of Tottenham Hotspur, an organisation renowned for being more than just a football club when it comes to giving back to its local community.
“Over the course of the partnership, we aim to increase our offering to more than double the amount of young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions currently using our services within our catchment area.
“We also hope to establish Noah’s Ark as a hub for and leader of children’s palliative care in North London, constructing what will be the only children’s hospice building in the area, allowing us to complete our circle of care for children and families.”
Noah’s Ark also hopes to raise £3.3m for its Building the Ark Appeal, funding the construction of North London’s only children’s hospice facility.
Donations can be made online at www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk or by texting ‘NOAH03 £3’ to 70070 to donate £3.