Special guests at latest Community Day
news Thu 24 Aug 2017
At the latest Community Day at Cobham, young people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire were invited to watch training before meeting Antonio Conte and his players.
Those in attendance were invited by the Chelsea Foundation on the recommendation of social workers from local councils, with many of them having lost friends and family members or been left homeless by the tragedy.
Chelsea Football Club previously donated our match fee for this season's FA Community Shield to a fund supporting all those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, and supporters attending the game were given the option to donate £5 themselves when purchasing their ticket.
The families of victims and survivors of the fire, as well as emergency service personnel, were guests at Wembley for the match against Arsenal.
Also in attendance with his family at the Community Day was Romeo Smith, a nine-year-old Blues fan who suffers from autism and was left hospitalised with a large nail embedded in his skull after being attacked by bullies on his way home.
‘The picture that went worldwide showed the piece of wood with a nail in it that got thrown into the back of Romeo’s head. He was wearing a Chelsea shirt at the time and so the club contacted us and asked him to come along,’ said Romeo’s mother Natasha.
‘We've really enjoyed it, the day has been really good. The boys have had a good opportunity to get some photographs with the players and get their shirts signed, so they've really enjoyed it.
‘We’ve travelled just over three hours to get here and it’s definitely been well worth it.’
Our Community Day happens regularly over the course of the season with the Chelsea Foundation linking up with a range of charities and individuals to arrange visits for seriously or terminally ill supporters and their carers, giving them a well-deserved boost in what is obviously a difficult time for them and their families.