Watford FC goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has been named as the first ambassador of West Herts Hospitals Charity.

As the official charity for the West Herts Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the Austrian shot-stopper will support its mission of funding improvements for patient care beyond the NHS's capabilities.

Recently, the charity funded a cutting-edge interventional radiology scanner for a new suite opening at Watford General.

Watford Observer: Daniel Bachmann with CEO Alison Rosen, left, and Natalie Halliwell-Jennings from the charityDaniel Bachmann with CEO Alison Rosen, left, and Natalie Halliwell-Jennings from the charity (Image: West Herts Hospitals Charity)

The goalkeeper said: "I’m so thankful for the support I have received from Watford fans and local community since I joined the club – which is why I jumped at the chance to play a role in helping our friends at West Herts Hospital Charity.

"As an ambassador, I will help raise awareness of what the charity does and the wonderful difference it makes to thousands of local people, as well as support its fundraising efforts."

The Watford goalkeeper has made 107 appearances after joining the club from Stoke in 2017 and has since become the club captain following the retirement of Tom Cleverley last season.

West Herts Hospitals Charity serves Hemel Hempstead, St Albans City, and Watford General hospitals, aspiring to improve patient care at each location.

Alison Rosen, CEO at West Herts Hospitals Charity, said: "We are hugely grateful to Daniel for becoming our first ambassador and for his support for West Herts Hospitals.

"We know Daniel is a very popular player and he will no doubt help rally fans and the wider community to raise more funds, to help more people, in more ways in the future.

"And to get him on a free signing is even better."

Daniel’s first engagement in his official capacity as ambassador will occur on Saturday, June 1, at the Step Up for Health event held at Vicarage Road Stadium.

Participants are invited to walk, run, or climb within the large 20,000-plus-seater arena.

With advanced chipped timing, contenders can set personal goals or challenge their friends, with their efforts going towards supporting West Herts Hospitals Charity and the Watford FC Trust.

To participate in the Step Up for Health event at Vicarage Road on June 1, register at register.enthuse.com/ps/event/StepUp20242/