West Ham fans urged to consider fostering this match day

Message placed in match day programmes at West Ham United.

Message placed in match day programmes at West Ham United. - Credit: Archant

Hammers fans will be asked to throw their support behind a vulnerable young person when they open their match-day programmes this Sunday.

West Ham United Football Club is backing a call by Newham Council to find people to provide a loving home for a child or teenager unable to live with their own family.

The message - featuring the poignant question “Will you take me to the match?” - has been placed in the programme for West Ham’s match against Reading and it appears during Foster Care Fortnight.

Hammers’ Captain Kevin Nolan said: “If more people can come forward to foster, then it will mean lots more children may have the chance to experience a loving home and get to enjoy a safe and happy life that they deserve.”

Cllr Quintin Peppiatt, executive member for children and young people, said: “If all the children in care in the UK today were brought together, they would fill West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground almost twice over.

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“There are many children in Newham who urgently need a stable and positive home environment.”

Foster carers can be from any cultural, ethnic, or religious background, of any marital status, and of any sexual orientation.

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For more information on fostering, visit www.newham.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 013 0393.

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