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Footballers’ early Christmas present to patients

Friday, 11 July, 2014
Footballers’ early Christmas present to patients

Newcastle United footballers brought children at North Tyneside General Hospital an early Christmas present today.

Players gave Christmas gifts to the young patients on the Children’s Ward and Children’s Assessment Unit and spread festive cheer throughout the hospital.

Stars including Papiss Cisse, Davide Santon and Shane Ferguson were given a warm welcome by youngsters, their families and staff at the hospital, run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Children’s ward sister Vicki Greenaway said: “The whole ward looks forward to the footballers’ visit and this year’s was as brilliant as always with everyone thoroughly enjoying it.

“It is great that the footballers take the time to come to the hospital at Christmas – it’s such a boost for the youngsters and they absolutely love it.”

Footballers also met members of the Trust’s Child Health Action Team (CHAT), a group of young people which works with the organisation to help ensure that young people’s needs are addressed.

A spokesman for Newcastle United Football Club said: “Newcastle United are delighted to come along to the local hospitals and bring a bit of Christmas cheer to children who are unfortunate enough to find themselves in hospital at this time of year.

“It’s something the players look forward to and really enjoy.”