Michael Dawson was a special guest as Whipps Cross University Hospital launched a fundraising appeal for a new maternity unit this week by hosting a tea party for babies born at the hospital and their families.
Also attending to help celebrate the launch was First Year Academy scholar Anthony Jack, The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Sheila Smith-Pryor, Fame Academy's Kevin Adams, celebrity fitness expert & TV presenter whose mum is a Community Midwife at the hospital, and young players from Leyton Orient FC.
The aim of the appeal, named The Big Push, is to raise £350,000 for equipment and resources to compliment £3million NHS funding for major works to the building.
‘Daws' has become familiar with Whipps Cross during his time as a Spurs player, having visited the hospital on three occasions to hand out presents to children at Christmas time.
He said: "It's important that the Club and its players continue to support local initiatives such as this. During my visit, I heard from patients who have benefited from the work of the hospital and its staff over the years, and this service can only improve with further funding to improve the facilities here."
Whipps Cross' Maternity Unit was built in the 1970's, when an average year saw 2,500 babies born. Nowadays, the unit is twice as busy and last year, Whipps delivered more than 5,000 babies.