Long-serving West Ham midfielder Mark Noble chose Help for Heroes as one three charities to benefit from his testimonial match on Easter Monday and handed over the famous claret and blue shirt to H4H beneficiary and life-long Hammers fan, Jo Morris, on his press day last week.
For Jo, it was a dream come true to sit alongside her hero and told a crowded room how much Mark’s support mattered to, not only her, but her fellow injured servicemen and women.
Jo said: “Help for Heroes has been a huge part of my life since 2007. The charity helps a lot of people who have been injured in and out of conflict and continues the support that the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Royal Marines need physically as well as mentally. To have Mark supporting us and recognising that we need continuing support is quite humbling.”
Mark said: “It is only right to sit with representatives from Help for Heroes, DT38 Foundation and Richard House Hospice. 'If we can help change one person's life then it will all be worthwhile,
The match at the Boleyn Ground, which ended 6-5, was played to 38,000 West Ham fans who had travelled from all over the world to celebrate Mark’s day. There were also some familiar faces in the All Star team including Rio Ferdinand and goalkeeper David James and Mark said the day could not have gone any better.
Bryn Parry, Co-Founder of Help for Heroes said: “I’d like to thank Mark and everyone at West Ham for supporting Help for Heroes on this, his testimonial match. Our wounded, injured and sick men and women of the Armed Forces are rebuilding their lives through extraordinary opportunities, like our world class Sports Recovery pathway that supports individuals to get into sport or compete on the world stage at a Paralympic Games. Sport provides our heroes with a sense of purpose and self-confidence and this could not be possible without the ongoing support from Mark and the great British public.”