Date of release: 20 June 2020
Wolves supporters from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have been selected to have their names featured in the club’s first matchday programme since COVID-19 as part of a tribute to key workers.
West Ham, who are Wolves’ first Premier League opponents since the coronavirus pandemic, are planning a special celebration of key workers, inviting 25 supporters from the opposition to have their names listed in their matchday publication instead of the playing squad for Saturday’s game, which kicks off at 5.30pm. West Ham approached the Trust via Wolves to offer us the opportunity, and staff had to tell us why they deserved to feature.
We had scores of enthusiastic, persuasive entries and it took a while to judge them before we made our final decision. The 25 lucky ones are:- Amie Cooper, James Hudson, Donna Clift, Katie Lenton, Gurveena Johal, Hilary Hale, Diane Pullinger, Helen McHale, John Horden, Sian Passmore, Emma Merrick, Laura-Jane Hill, Jessica Chopra, Dr Stuart Hutchinson, Kate Cheshire, Helen Dixon, Jaspal Ghale, Helen Doggett, Daini Flower, Sue Merrick, Sally Hill, Philip Weaver, Jack Reynolds and Colin Johnson.
West Ham allowed posthumous entries and completing the list is John Doyle, who sadly passed away on March 30, 2020, aged 60. He died after suffering respiratory problems before contracting COVID-19. John, who was the Trust’s first male telephone operator, was nominated by his widow Kate and daughter Amy Pearce, who both work for the organisation.
Wolves are to feature the names of all the entries from the Trust in a double-page spread in their own matchday programme for their Premier League game against AFC Bournemouth at Molineux on Wednesday.
Kate Cheshire, 49, a Matron in Neonatal and Inpatient Obstetric at New Cross Hospital, has been a Wolves fan for 37 years and was nominated by colleagues Joanne O’Sullivan and Chloe Read. Kate, who lives at Heath Hayes, near Cannock, said: “I am thrilled to be recognised in the West Ham programme along with other Wolverhampton heroes! Looking forward to seeing my team again albeit virtually and hope we get the right result.”
A Wolves spokesperson said: “We were delighted that West Ham extended this thoughtful gesture to a few of the many key workers of Wolverhampton who have done so much to help the people of the city through this challenging time. We wanted to show our support too and are featuring the names of all of those who entered the competition for the programme for our forthcoming game against AFC Bournemouth.”
Copies of the programme, priced £3.50, can be ordered online at the West Ham United Ticket Office.
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