Welling United are delighted to reveal Wingy the AV1 No Isolation Robot as the club’s official mascot for the remainder of the 2022/23 season as The Chartwell Cancer Trust become official charity partners.
The Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust is a small charity with a big commitment to improving the lives of Cancer and Leukaemia patients and to helping the NHS to go above and beyond in their provision of care and their standards of excellence. The Trust supports paediatric oncology communities and local Cancer and Leukaemia services to make vital improvements to patient care across London and the South East in collaboration with the NHS from Princess Royal University Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich to King’s College Hospital, Guy’s Hospital and Croydon University Hospital.
The money the charity raises through its work supports a range of projects and initiatives including large-scale capital projects, refurbishment of facilities, enhancements to equipment, financing additional medical staff, training and research as well as direct support to oncology communities. Since 2015, the charity has delivered a range of children’s cancer care interventions and projects including patient and family meet-ups, remote education technology, a holiday home on the Isle of Wight and financial assistance to families facing financial difficulty.
The AV1 Robots are a very simple, ingenious technology which allows young cancer and leukaemia patients to access their education during and after treatment – virtually attending school, socialising with classmates and remaining connected to their support networks and communities. The Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust is the first charity to fund these life-changing robots in our local hospitals and schools and is working hard to increase access to education technology in the UK.
Working alongside The Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust, Welling United have already funded one robot, Wingy, and they aim to help raise enough money by the end of the season to purchase 10 more AV1 Robots to make up a football team of robots which can be used to help children who may be in need of them.
Wingy will accompany Welling onto the pitch ahead of Saturday’s clash with Taunton Town at Park View Road, with the match being dedicated as Chartwell’s charity day, alongside match sponsors Thomas Foy Financial, with bucket collectors on hand for donations.
Meanwhile, The Chartwell Cancer Trust will be present ahead of the game to demonstrate how the AV1 Robots work and to provide more information about their work.
Wings Chairman, Paul Whitehead said: “It’s so important for us as a community club to play our part and help a charity like The Chartwell Cancer Trust in whatever way we can.
“The work they do is outstanding and the AV1 Robots are such a fantastic and exciting example of the good work that they do. If we, as a football club, can help in any way we can, then we will do so and we’re very proud to team up with Chartwell as our official charitable partner.
“Using ‘Wingy’ as our mascot is a fantastic way to draw attention to Chartwell and their work and I hope that our supporters, and the wider community, will get behind what is a brilliant cause.”
Michael Douglas, founder and Senior Trustee, The Chartwell Cancer Trust added: “Through our work with No Isolation robots, we’ve witnessed first-hand the power of technology to transform the patient experience. So when we heard about this project, we did not think twice about getting involved. We feel privileged to be supporting another tech innovation which will change the lives of the communities we serve.”