Squad visit sick kids at QA Hospital
Pompey players have been spreading some festive cheer to children at QA Hospital.
The whole squad – along with manager Andy Awford and his coaching staff – visited the youngsters, many of whom will not make it home for Christmas.
And they didn’t arrive empty-handed.
TY – the US-based toy manufacturer who were Pompey’s shirt sponsor between 2002 and 2005 – donated 80 toys, which were handed out by the squad and mascots Nelson and Mary Rose.
Matchday host ‘Touchline’ Tony Male also donated 80 selection boxes to give out to the older children.
Left-back Dan Butler said: “It’s massively important for us to be here. It’s horrible for the kids to be in hospital over Christmas and so it’s nice for us to be able to give something back to the community.”
His team-mate Danny East added: “I’m filling up just talking about it. It’s only a little thing for us to do, but hopefully it’s a big thing for the kids and it’s great for us to put a smile on their faces.”
Club captain Johnny Ertl said: “I’ve been here a few times now and it’s always great to see the kids’ faces when we turn up and give out the presents.”
QA Hospital play specialist Anne Ricketts said: “The players at Pompey are fantastic at visiting paediatrics every Christmas to see the children and their families and really lift their spirits.”
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