Jack Sullivan visited the hospice a week ago to talk to staff (Credit: Saint Francis Hospice)
Jack Sullivan, son of Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan, was only 18 when he started working at the club. He helped the team achieve phenomenal success during his four years at the helm.
Now he will use his skills and experience to drive support and awareness for the hospice so it can care for more local people who are seriously ill.
“I don’t just want to be an ambassador on paper, I want to be an ambassador with purpose,” said Jack.
“The club has a fantastic relationship with the hospice already and with Sir Trevor Brooking being a patron, I think it is a perfect fit for one of our family of shareholders to be involved.”
On Monday, 20 September Jack visited the charity in Havering-atte-Bower and spent time chatting with staff to find out more about how they support people who are very sick.
“I just love that the charity is helping so many people at the hospice and in the community to live as well as they can and helping people at the end of their lives,” added Jack.
“If I was in that position, I would want the best possible care and the Hospice does that; not only for the patient but also for their family as well and that is so important.”
Jack is very proud of what he achieved with West Ham Women but he announced he was stepping down from his position in May.
“In just 12 months the team went from semi-professional to professional and reached the women’s FA Cup final at Wembley,” explained Jack.
“The girls are real heroes and it’s been a real privilege to help them via sponsorship and everything we could to make them the celebrities they deserve to be.
“We built a club from the ground up. It was incredibly exciting and we were extremely lucky to be so well supported and to have great sponsors.
“The way I see it, I built the house and now it is time for someone to redecorate and to build an extension.”
Jack used the power of social media to raise the profile of women’s football and West Ham Women’s social media channels grew massively under his leadership.
It currently has 141,000 followers on Instagram, 64,572 followers on Facebook and 51,000 followers on Twitter.
He will use those same platforms to drive awareness for Saint Francis Hospice.
“The big thing was to raise awareness of the women’s game and it was amazing to see our social media following grow,” said Jack.
“Hopefully through my social media following and my network, I can help raise awareness of the hospice and encourage people to support the charity.”
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