Flo and Carney kick-off for fantastic facility

Club ambassador Tore Andre Flo and Chelsea Ladies midfielder Karen Carney visited Epsom Hospital this week to officially open the new children’s department for outpatient appointments.

Flo and Carney made the short trip from our Cobham training base to cut the ceremonial ribbon before meeting hospital staff and some of the young patients already benefiting from the new facility.

The Chelsea duo were joined by the hospital’s chief nurse, Charlotte Hall, and medical director Ruth Charlton at the event.

Flo said: ‘We’ve come today to open a children’s ward here at the Epsom Hospital and it’s been really nice to see this fantastic facility which means the children can come in and be in a newer environment.

‘Chelsea is a huge organisation with a lot of supporters so it’s important for Chelsea to show their faces around the community.

‘At events like this you see how happy people are to get new facilities and for me it’s just a pleasure to be here and be a part of the official opening.’

Carney added: ‘It’s always nice to help people in general and Chelsea is such an iconic brand, an iconic name and a fantastic football club so it’s nice to come into the community and show the caring side that this football club has.

‘I’ve just spoke to a young lad called Leo and he actually went to a Chelsea game just before Christmas and met David Luiz and Eden Hazard and had such a fantastic day, so there’s a boy that is benefitting from this brand new facility and equally a Chelsea fan.

‘The boys have obviously looked after him and gave him that boost that he needed so it is important that we as a club look after our community because we are just normal people at the same time and we want everyone to be okay.’

Charlton, who is also a paediatrician at the hospital, said: ‘We are really appreciative of Chelsea for coming here to our opening today and giving both our staff and patients the start that actually means such a lot to them.

‘It’s been a fantastic boost to the hospital and the patients.

‘When the children come to the clinic they often want to talk about football and sport and I can honestly say hand on heart that Chelsea is the name that comes through loud and clear from most of the patients, so they have been so excited that Chelsea are here today. They are so excited that Chelsea have come to see the clinic which for them is a key part of their lives.’