Millwall Football Club is pleased to be showcasing its support for local hospice St Christopher’s, which will include an awareness and fundraising drive at The Den for Saturday’s game against Bristol City at The Den.
St Christopher’s is the hospice for Southwark and four other South London boroughs and their mission is to help make sure that everyone has access to excellent end of life care, wherever and whenever they need it. This means not only looking after people within the hospice buildings in Sydenham and Orpington, but also looking after many, many more people and families in their homes, or care homes, across South East London, offering emotional, physical, and welfare support.
Many Millwall fans will be aware, sadly, of the remarkable work carried out by the hospice’s staff day-in day-out.
“My Dad, Anthony Osborne, died just over a year ago at home surrounded by those who loved him, with his Millwall season ticket by his side,” says Robert Osborne.
Inspired by the staff who took such good care of their family when Anthony was referred to the hospice, Robert approached Millwall to help the family fundraise for the club’s local hospice in his memory – culminating in Saturday’s focus match in SE16.
Robert continues: “My dad’s heartfelt wish, when he was diagnosed with cancer, was to spend his final days at home with his beloved family. Because of the amazing care given by St Christopher’s nurses he was able to do this. St Christopher’s didn’t just care for Dad, they looked after the whole family. In fact, they still are. St Christopher’s welfare team especially supported my sister, who has special needs, lifting a huge weight off my shoulders. And their bereavement support is there for me if I ever need it. They do incredible work for our community, and I just knew that Millwall fans would want to join us to say thank you.”
Volunteers from St Christopher’s will be holding a bucket collection around the ground before kick-off on Saturday and fans can also donate £5 by texting HOSPICE to 70500.
Millwall Chief Executive Steve Kavanagh said: “As a club we are very proud to play host to the amazing staff at St Christopher’s this weekend. The impact of their incredible work is clear for all to see when you hear stories like that of Robert’s dad Anthony and Millwall are honoured to be playing just a small part in showcasing their crucial role in providing support to families going through unimaginably difficult times. I would urge Lions fans to give as generously as possible to help support such a pivotal local organisation.”
Philippa Kelham, Head of Fundraising at St Christopher’s, added: “We are absolutely thrilled that Millwall FC have so wholeheartedly got behind the Osborne family’s campaign to raise money for St Christopher’s, and we’re so grateful to all Lions for their support. Your donations help us to look after local people at the end of their lives, looking after them as individuals and getting to know what`s important to them, from their families to their football team.”
Find out more about St Christopher's incredible work by clicking here.