On Thursday 28 October, Chelsea and England footballer Mason Mount spent the afternoon visiting children and families at our Guildford based hospice, Christopher’s.
Mason made the visit as Patron of Together for Short Lives, the national charity that supports the 54 children’s hospices throughout the UK, including Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
The visit was Mason’s very first time to a children’s hospice, and the families and care team welcomed him with smiles and lots of football themed fun, giving families a chance to make some wonderful memories meeting the midfield marvel.
Families got a chance to speak to Mason, pose for a photo and have photo-cards signed for them to keep. They even had a catch for a kick about in the garden.
Mason Mount, Patron of Together for Short Lives said, “I am really passionate about highlighting the lifeline support Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices like Shooting Star Children’s Hospices give to seriously ill children and their families so that every family that needs it can access lifeline care. It was great to meet the children today and see for myself that children’s hospices are places of warmth, joy and laughter.”
Supported families thoroughly enjoyed meeting Mason, including 19-year-old Hollie. Dad Stephen said, “It’s been a really exciting day and we’ve had a really good time, especially as Hollie is a huge, huge Chelsea fan!”
Jenny, mum to five-year-old Gwen said, “It’s been a lovely afternoon and Mason was fantastic with Gwen, she loved throwing the ball to him and was great to get a lovely photo of her with him doing her pout and pose – which her sister taught her with pride. It’s been really lovely to be back to together and enjoy time at the hospice.”
Geraldine Sheedy, Interim Director of Care at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, “It was a very lovely afternoon with lots of happy, smiling families and staff! Mason was charming and very giving to the families.”
Paul Farthing, Chief Executive of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, “It was wonderful to welcome Mason Mount and Together for Short Lives to our hospice and show him what an amazing place it is as well as meet some of the families we care for. It was clear by all the smiling faces how much everyone enjoyed the day, having the opportunity for photos and to practice their football skills with him too. It’s so important for days like this to help raise awareness of the vital work we do for families who need us most.”
Photo credit: Manu Palomeque