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2019 Match Report: A round-up of our Spurs partnership

10 DECEMBER 2019

It’s been a fabulous year for our partnership with Tottenham Hotspur. We’ve both moved into our new homes so there’s been lots to celebrate!

We’re the Official Charity Partner of Tottenham Hotspur and there have been lots of joint activities in 2019 to raise funds and awareness of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice.

Grand Opening of The Ark

The Grand Opening of The Ark was a moment to cherish within the partnership. As well as the Mayor of London, we were joined by representatives from Spurs, including captains Hugo Lloris and Jenna Schillaci. It was an fantastic day with Spurs producing this brilliant video highlighting their amazing support for the Grand Opening.

As Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director at Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are so very proud to be a partner of Noah’s Ark. We have huge admiration for the staff, volunteers, brave families and children.

"The Ark truly is the home that the charity and those it supports deserves – providing first-class facilities to further enhance the vital delivery of care and support. The Club, its staff, players and fans are humbled to have played a small part on this journey.”

Matches dedicated to Noah’s Ark

There have been two matches dedicated to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice - one against West Ham in April and a women’s fixture against Arsenal in November.

The West Ham match – one of the first at the new stadium - raised over £5,000 for the children and families we support.

At the Women’s North London Derby, a sibling of a Noah’s Ark child was chosen to be one of the match mascots. Her dad was so inspired by the day and the support offered by Noah’s Ark, that he has chosen to run the London Marathon for Noah’s Ark in 2020. What a hero!

Making their dreams come true

Diyen and Rena’s son Kayen died in 2013 and every year the couple find a new way to mark his birthday. So when we were looking for people to step out at Spurs’ new stadium dressed as Henry and Harriet, the Noah’s Ark mascots, they jumped at the chance.

As Rena says: “For his 8th birthday, Kayen would have absolutely loved this – he’d have been a Spurs fan. To step out onto the pitch at the new stadium was absolutely magical. Bittersweet, but lovely. Of course we always mark the anniversary of his death, but his birthday offers us the chance to do something really positive to celebrate his life – and this was the best year yet!”

Player and Manager appearances

As The Ark was nearing completion, former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino came for a tour. He was overwhelmed by the building and his meeting with one of the Spurs-supporting families who we support.

Goalkeeper Michael Vorm also got involved with the charity, joining Highgate Junior School for a sponsored walk.

A huge thanks to everyone at Tottenham for their wonderful support of Noah’s Ark.

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