Squad hand out presents at QA Hospital
Pompey have been spreading some Christmas cheer with a visit to QA Hospital.
The entire first team squad and coaching staff were on hand to give out presents, sign autographs and pose for photos with patients in the paediatric ward.
There were also selection boxes for the older children, which were kindly provided by ‘Touchline’ Tony Male.
It was a humbling experience for many of the players, including right-back Ben Davies.
He said: “Some of the stuff you see is heartbreaking – especially at this time of year.
“But it’s nice to come down here and be able to put some smiles on the faces of the children.
“All the lads came down to give out presents because we wanted to provide some happiness to people who really need it.”
Midfielder Adam Barton added: “It’s very important that we do things like this and the lads are only too happy to come down.
“I was in a similar situation with my brother and his child at Christmas a couple of years ago.
“It’s a difficult time of year to be in hospital and it’s not just the patients that are affected – it’s the whole family.
“But everyone seems to be a big Pompey fan and it’s great to see the smiles on everyone’s face when we go and visit them.”