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Saddlers spread Christmas cheer with visit to Walsall Manor Hospital

15 December 2017

Club News

Saddlers spread Christmas cheer with visit to Walsall Manor Hospital

15 December 2017

The Walsall FC squad - and Swifty of course - visited patients at Walsall Manor Hospital yesterday to spread some festive joy.

Manager Jon Whitney, along with the first-team players, handed out children’s Christmas presents to families in the paediatric wards at the hospital.

The group also headed over to the elderly care wards, and swapped stories with the elderly patients.

As well as meeting patients, the Saddlers also spoke with those working in the hospital, from doctors and nurses to clerical staff.

The team finished up by heading back to the main atrium, and singing Christmas carols under the tree.

Walsall captain Adam Chambers said: “It means a lot coming here at this time of year. There are a few people who might be in hospital over Christmas which is never nice, so it’s good to come and hand out some presents and bring a few smiles.

Manager Jon Whitney added: “It put things into perspective. We’ve got a dream job, it’s an incredible privilege to be professional footballers and myself a manager now. If we can just bring a little bit of joy then that’s what we’re here for.

Raffle prizes were also donated to raise funds for the hospital’s Child Development Centre’s sensory room, and domestic staff were presented with chocolates to show appreciation for all of the hard work they do throughout the year.

Georgina Westley, Fundraising Manager at Walsall Manor Hospital said: “The last two years we’ve split the team between paediatrics and some of the elderly care wards, and I think both lots of patients have really benefitted from the visit. 

“They’ve really enjoyed it and it’s really built up their Christmas spirit.”

Adam Davy, Director at Walsall FC Community Programme, said: “The hospital visit is always a massive success and we were pleased to take the players again this year.

“Things are difficult for those who are in hospital at Christmas time, so it is wonderful that the players can give a few hours of their day to brighten up someone else’s. 

"The attitude of the players, speaking and sharing a laugh with the patients, was brilliant to see and they are a real testament to the football club."

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