A Millwall supporter’s fundraising for a Sydenham hospice has led to the club dedicating Saturday’s Championship encounter against Bristol City to the cause.
Ahead of the game, a bucket collection will take place for St Christopher’s who offer crucial end of life care to both patients and their families throughout South East London.
One such person who has benefitted from the hospice’s incredible work is Robert Osborne who lost his father, Anthony, a Millwall season ticketholder to cancer just over a year ago.
However, due to the hospice’s care, Anthony’s wish to be able to spend his final days in the comfort of his own home surrounded by loved ones was realised.
And with the dedicated staff still looking after the family, Robert approached the club to help fundraise in his Dad’s memory – culminating in Saturday’s focus match at The Den.
“St Christopher’s didn’t just care for Dad, they looked after the whole family and continue to do so,” Robert said.
“Their welfare team supports my sister, who has special needs, which has helped lift 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 Millwall fans would want to join us to say thank you.”
On the initiative, 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.
“Millwall are honoured to be playing 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 Millwall 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.”
Volunteers from St Christopher’s will be holding a collection around The Den before kick-off on Saturday and fans can also donate £5 by texting HOSPICE to 70500.
For more information on the invaluable work that the hospice does, visit the St Christopher’s website.