On Wednesday 17th August, London Irish players Brendan McKibbin, Jebb Sinclair, Isaac Curtis-Harris, Tom Court and Theo Brophy Clews spent the afternoon visiting patients at The Oak Centre for Children and Young People at The Royal Marsden, Sutton.
The Oak Centre for Children and Young People is one of the largest comprehensive children and young people’s cancer centres in Europe. Over 5,000 day patients and 600 inpatients will receive treatment there every year.
London Irish players, along with Digger the club mascot, were lucky enough to meet some of the brave children and young adults currently seeking treatment and were able to see first hand the hard work and dedication of all the nurses and staff.
Brendan McKibbin said, ‘It was a pleasure to meet all the young people at the Oak Centre yesterday. To see such huge smiles on their faces despite the challenges they are currently facing was inspirational. Their families and nurses provide such a great support system for the patients and it was humbling to see the interaction between everyone. It really does put things into perspective’.
Speaking of the visit, Carly Snowball, Matron of The Oak Centre for Children and Young People at The Royal Marsden, said:
“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank members of the London Irish rugby team and Digger the mascot for taking the time to visit our patients. Special visits like these make a big difference to them and to staff and help to make tough times for the kids that bit easier.”
London Irish would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to the hospital and staff for welcoming us and for all the work they do there and wish all the patients a speedy recover