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Saddlers visit Walsall Manor Hospital for Christmas

20 December 2018

The Walsall FC squad visited patients at Walsall Manor Hospital on Tuesday to spread some festive joy.

First-team players, along with manager Dean Keates and backroom staff, 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 hospital staff, from doctors and nurses to clerical staff.

Midfielder Liam Kinsella said: “It’s nice to come and see them at this time of year because you can put smiles on their faces. I think they enjoyed us visiting as much as we enjoyed visiting them, so it has been a big success.

“All the lads were excited to come down here and give something back. We are really lucky to be in the position that we are and just to come here and give a small gift, it’s nice and I’ve enjoyed it.”

Walsall Healthcare’s Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley added: “As soon as the team arrived there was a real buzz in the hospital.

“The annual visit is always really popular with patients – and our staff – and we appreciate the team taking the time to do so. It really does make our patients’ day.”

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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