Harry said, “It was clear to see the difference that can be made to a family just by helping out around the house and taking away the simple jobs many of us take for granted, like ironing and gardening. I would encourage anybody who has a bit of free time to give up an hour or so every week to volunteer for Noah’s Ark.”
Through the vital help of volunteers, Tottenham Hotspur’s official charity partner Noah’s Ark is able to provide nearly 8,000 hours of respite and support for families and siblings every year.
Working alongside Noah’s Ark Specialist Carer Jules, Harry demonstrated the difference a volunteer can make to a family caring for a child like Joseph, taking away the burden of housework and spending time with football-mad Joseph and his brothers.
Over the course of the partnership, Tottenham Hotspur aims to help Noah’s Ark drive its recruitment of volunteers and increase its care provision to families like Joseph’s.
Harry encouraged fans to get involved, saying: “I had a great afternoon spending time with Joseph and his family. The three boys are all big Spurs fans so I think it was a bit of a surprise having me show up at their house and have a kick around in the garden.
“It was clear to see the difference that can be made to a family just by helping out around the house and taking away the simple jobs many of us take for granted, like ironing and gardening. I would encourage anybody who has a bit of free time to give up an hour or so every week to volunteer for Noah’s Ark.”
Noah’s Ark Chief Executive Ru Watkins added, “People often have a fixed view of volunteering. But Harry is helping us show how many ways it is possible for people to help in the homes of our families. From a kickabout with the children, to sharing football banter, taking children to activities and days out, as well as helping in the garden. Regardless of your skills or talent, we will have a family that could benefit from your help.
“Volunteers might find they join to do some gardening but stay on to help out with the financial paperwork, because they are accountants by profession. The types of help our families find invaluable are not fixed in any way.
“We are so grateful to Harry for sharing this serious message. But quite apart from this, to see a national hero playing football and chatting happily with our children, was an experience for us all to treasure for a long time to come.”
To find out more about volunteering with Noah's Ark, visit our Volunteering page or call 020 8449 8877.