Football superstar Harry Kane is helping Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice celebrate Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June).
The Spurs and England striker ended the football season in May (2017) as the Golden Boot winner for his 27 goals and was voted the Professional Footballers’ Association Man of the Season by fans.
He is supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice for Volunteers’ Week as part of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s two-year partnership with the charity.
Mike Wood, 50, who’s been a Tottenham fan all his life, heard about the charity at White Lane, when the partnership was launched in March last year at the North London Derby match against Arsenal.
At half time Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt was talking to one of the announcers about Noah’s Ark.
Mike says, “I saw Gary Mabbutt speaking about the charity at half time. Of course if Gary Mabbutt says it, I’m listening.
“They were talking about the new partnership with Noah’s Ark and how they were looking for volunteers to support the organisation.
“I believe very much in volunteering. It’s good for the community and it’s good for you as a person. So I went along and signed up.”
Noah’s Ark trained Mike as a Home Support Volunteer, which includes helping out a family in Tottenham.
Noah’s Ark supports this family because one of the children, now aged 10, has cerebral palsy and can suffer uncontrolled seizures, needing round-the-clock care and attention.
This can leave her twin sister Calitha, 10, feeling a bit left out. So when Mike visits, it’s primarily to offer Calitha some invaluable one-to-one attention.
Calitha’s older sister Talisha, 24, explains, “Having Mike in our home has made an enormous difference to our lives.
“Calitha is much more calm and controlled. She and Mike love to cook. But they also get involved in outdoor activities.
“We are a much happier family thanks to having Mike visit us.”
And Calitha adds, “I would like to say thank you to Mike for supporting me and making me feel happy when I’m down. You’re the best Mike.”
Noah’s Ark spokesperson Alison Goodman says, “Calitha and Talisha’s family is a lovely example of the holistic support we can give. We rely very much on volunteers, who provide 20,000 hours a year of extra support.
“Along with specialist care and therapies, we provide family days and activities for brothers and sisters so they can have some fun as well.
“We’re extremely grateful to Tottenham Hotspur for capturing the important role Mike plays in Calitha’s family so beautifully, and for Harry Kane’s support in helping us get the word out. It makes a huge difference to have a large, global brand like Tottenham Hotspur, along with an England-squad hero, working so hard for us here in their own backyard.
“Stories such as Mike’s show us what’s possible – the power of football to connect local people into their communities and make a big difference to the lives of others.
“Spurs fans are rightly very proud of their club’s community work. We encourage them to visit our website and get involved. You can go direct to the for precious moments website for news about our partnership with Tottenham Hotspur or find out about volunteering here.”