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Blues Spread Christmas Cheer

Squad deliver presents at QA Hospital

11 December 2017

Pompey have been spreading plenty of Christmas cheer with the traditional visit to QA Hospital.

The entire first team squad and members of the coaching team turned up to meet patients, pose for photographs and hand out presents.

Players got into the Christmas spirit by wearing a variety of novelty hats, including a present, tree and turkey!

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “It’s a very good thing that we’ve able to do and it’s nice to see the kids’ faces when they get their presents.

“It’s exciting for them, while it’s also important for the players to see a different side of life and how the community can support each other.”

Kal Naismith added: “It’s brilliant to come down and see the kids. Most of them were smiling anyway, but we were able to pick them up a bit more.

"Some of them have just had operations and were feeling a little tired, so it was great to see them pick up when the boys came round."

Kal Naismith

“Some of them have just had operations and were feeling a little tired, so it was great to see them pick up when the boys came round.

“It’s also nice for the parents to be able to chat with someone different and see the children so happy. It puts a smile on our faces as well.”

Defender Jack Whatmough said: “Most of us have the luxury of being at home over Christmas, but that isn’t always the case for everyone.

“Some people will be here instead and so it’s nice if we can cheer them up a bit to help them through their illness.”

"Most of us have the luxury of being at home over Christmas, but that isn’t always the case for everyone."

Jack Whatmough

Midfielder Stuart O’Keefe added: “Nobody wants to be in hospital – especially at this time of year – so we’re happy to come down and give something back to the local community.”

The club would like to thank PMC, EA Sports and the London Supporters’ Club for their generous donation of presents.

Pompey have been making the most of the season of goodwill, with a group of players recently paying a visit to Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices.

Curtis Main, Luke McGee and Danny Rose also met patients in the Teenage Cancer Trust wards at Southampton General Hospital.

Meanwhile, Matt Clarke and Oliver Hawkins were guests at a community Christmas Dinner, which saw staff from the club, Pompey in the Community and Faith & Football serving food to more than 100 people.

Harvest Fine Foods kindly provided the vegetables and mince pies, with the meat supplied by Bransbury Park Butchers.


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