The chairmen of The Football League and its official charity partner Help the Hospices celebrated a partnership of 'two halves' by visiting St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney.

Michael Howard, chairman of Help the Hospices and former Home Secretary, and Greg Clarke, chairman of The Football League, met for the first time at St Joseph's Hospice to see the partnership in action, and devised new fundraising plans for later in the season.

Greg Clarke said: "Like Football League clubs, hospices operate at the heart of their local communities and it has been inspiring to see this in action. This season, thanks to the support of all 72 League clubs and their fans, hospices like St Joseph's will continue to provide vital care for people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses and their families."

Michael Howard said: "We are delighted to have the chance to work alongside The Football League this season, so that hospices across the UK can continue to care for 360,000 people every year - enough to fill Wembley Stadium four times over.

"Today has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Football League clubs' amazing work raising funds and awareness for hospice care, by meeting people who currently receive hospice care and the incredible staff and volunteers who help them to make each day count."

Leyton Orient are pitching in for St Joseph's Hospice as part of The Football League's official charity partnership with Help the Hospices.

Michael Kerin, chief executive of St Joseph's Hospice, said: "We are very grateful to Leyton Orient and The Football League for giving us the chance to raise awareness of the services we offer to the footballing public, as well as raising vital funds to deliver those services."

Representatives from St Joseph's and from Leyton Orient also attended the visit to discuss how the partnership has been working on a local level and to exchange fundraising ideas for the remainder of the 2011/12 season.

Help for Hospices

This season Football League clubs throughout the country are working with their local hospices as part of The Football League's Official Charity Partnership with Help the Hospices.

For more details on the partnership click here