Millwall Football Club is proud and delighted to reveal its Community Trust’s plans to support local ‘Hospital Heroes’ and their families throughout the festive period.
The club’s players are joining forces with staff and volunteers from Millwall Community Trust (MCT) to deliver a range of engaging initiatives and programmes designed to provide NHS workers from three local hospitals opportunity for much-needed respite, as well as to support the needs of their families too.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt throughout all of society but nowhere more so than in hospitals where NHS staff have continued to go far beyond the call of duty each and every day, often at the expense of their own physical or mental health and home and social lives.
MCT’s Hospital Heroes project aims to give something back to those who deserve it most and will include personnel hosting:
- A personal food shopping/parcel delivery service
- Tea, coffee and cake mornings at the Lions Centre
- Virtual and face-to-face yoga and personal training sessions
- Cooking lessons
- Finance workshop with Barclays
- Health and general wellbeing ‘buddy’ walks
- Dance and fitness classes
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualification workshops
- Gardening masterclasses
- Walking Sport sessions
A selection of players from Millwall’s first team will also become virtual reading partners for the young children of NHS workers amongst other plans for families, which includes:
- Multi-sports coaching
- Morning virtual fitness workouts
- Booster education sessions
- Employability/college support classes for teenagers
- Zoom quizzes and interview opportunities with senior Millwall staff
- Weekend sports clubs
- Tours of The Den
As well, Millwall fans have already been donating money towards gifts for NHS staff and their families using the Virtual ‘Hope Tree’ with all presents to be delivered before Christmas by Trust staff and volunteers.
Lions manager Gary Rowett said: “I am immensely proud of club and Trust staff for their commitment to what is an enormous and incredibly important campaign.
“The remarkable work of our NHS frontline staff has rightly been well documented in recent months but we all know this particular Christmas period is going to be especially demanding and it’s important for them to know that others are trying to give a little bit back.
“I really believe that what is being done as part of this Hospital Heroes initiative will help so many people, young and old, and yet again showcases just how much the club and Trust values its local community.”