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Footballers’ early Christmas treat for children in Northumbria hospital

Tuesday, 20 December, 2016
Footballers’ early Christmas treat for children in Northumbria hospital

Newcastle United took time out ahead of their busy festive schedule to lift the spirits of children being cared for at The Northumbria hospital.

Young patients received an early Christmas treat when the players – Aleksandar Mitrovic, Cheick Tiote, Chancel Mbemba and Freddie Woodman – dropped by for a surprise visit.

The players met children, their families and staff on the visit, which is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s programme of festive activities throughout its hospitals.

Ward manager Carole Clayton said: “The visit by the Newcastle United players is always eagerly anticipated and one of the highlights of our festive programme, and our whole year.

“The Christmas period is a difficult time for people – especially our younger patients – to be in hospital and the players’ visit has really lifted the children’s spirits.

“We’d like to thank Newcastle United for taking time out of their busy schedule to come to see us – it’s greatly appreciated and enjoyed by everyone.”

Aleksandar Mitrovic said: “It was a privilege to visit the children at The Northumbria hospital with some of my team-mates on Tuesday afternoon – hopefully we managed to bring some festive cheer with the Christmas presents which were kindly donated by the squad.

“Seeing the children in here at Christmas time really does put things into perspective, so the least we could do was take some time out of our schedules to pay them a visit and try to put smiles on their faces.”

This year the trust’s festive programme has been complemented by a Christmas video by the ‘National Elf Service’, click here to watch it.