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Pompey Players Make Christmas Visit To Naomi House & Jacksplace

Players spend time with children and families at Winchester hospice

18 December 2019

Pompey players Christian Burgess, John Marquis and Brett Pitman paid a visit to Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices near Winchester.

The hospices, which support children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across central southern England, welcomed the Blues players, who took time to talk with the children and young adults, and their families.

After giving each child a Nelson bear and signed football as an early Christmas present, Pitman, Marquis and Burgess took to the garden for a kickabout, with the children and their families ultimately beating the professionals 11-4.

One of the children staying at the hospice was 14-year-old Liam, who is registered blind and uses a wheelchair.

Pitman and Marquis made sure that all of the children could get involved with the activities and helped Liam master keepie-uppies from his wheelchair in the garden.

The players then headed inside to pose for some festive photos in front of the Christmas tree in the Naomi House living room.

During December, all the children who visit the hospice for respite care join in with lots of different festive activities, including making decorations, meeting Santa and taking part in Christmas parties.

Huw Bromage, activities team leader at Naomi House & Jacksplace said: “Christmas really is a treasured time at Naomi House & Jacksplace. There’s so much festive fun for the children and young adults to get stuck into!

"We love it when Portsmouth FC come and visit us, and the children and young adults are always so excited to try tot beat them at their own game, which it seems this year they did!

"They signed footballs and the little bear mascots they brought to gift the children with were so generous. We can’t thank them enough for taking the time to visit us again this year.

"It’s a tradition we hope continues. Thanks again to Brett, John and Christian, and good luck for the season!”

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