Barça Handball bring hope to the Vall d’Hebron Hospital Campus
Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas, Raúl Entrerríos, Cedric Sorhaindo, Valero Rivera, Alexis Borges, Tiomthey N’Guessan and Dika Mem spend some time with the children being treated at the Barcelona hospital
After the visit of the hockey and basketball first teams, today was the turn of the handball team. Xavier Pascual’s side visited 160 children and they spent time giving out presents including posters, postcards, and caps from the Barça Foundation. The players also had their photographs taken with the children, their parents, and the medical team. The blaugranas were accompanied by Mr. Tono Tombas, patron of the Barça Foundation; and Mr. Lluís Duocastella, member of the handball sporting commission. The committee was received by the manager of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital, Mr. Vicenç Martínez Ibañez.
The handball stars’ visit is part of the Barça Foundation initiative called “Nadal tot l’any” (Christmas all year round), which encourages these kinds of events beyond the Christmas holidays. FC Barcelona’s professional teams have been involved in an effort to improve the emotional well-being of children suffering from serious illness.
The visit began with an institutional photo in the Barça Room on the paediatric ward at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital Campus. During the session, some of the boys and girls were able to share their passion for Barça and for handball with their heroes. All the players spoke of how emotional these experiences are and how they serve as a reminder for everyone. They also discussed how satisfying it is to be able to help these boys and girls, who are going through such a difficult time at such a young age.
This is the third visit carried out by Barça’s professional sections. The hockey team visited the Hospital de Sant Pau i de la Santa Creu, and the basketball team went to the Hospital de Nens de Barcelona before the handball players came to the Vall D’Hebron today.
Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas’ statements:
“When you come here you encounter reality and you try and make the most of the opportunity to get a different perspective on your surroundings. This experience pushes you to give everything as you do not know what will happen tomorrow.”