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Pompey Squad Spread Christmas Cheer

Players and staff deliver presents at local hospitals

11 December 2019

The Pompey squad have been spreading plenty of festive cheer with their traditional trips to visit sick children in local hospitals.

Players and coaching staff toured the wards at QA Hospital in Cosham and Southampton General Hospital on Tuesday.

They chatted with patients and their families, as well as delivering presents, signing autographs and posing for photographs

Blues skipper Tom Naylor said: “It’s never nice to be in a hospital, but especially with just Christmas just around the corner.

“We’re delighted to be able to take a few presents around and it’s always nice to see the faces of the kids.

"We’re delighted to be able to take a few presents around and it’s always nice to see the faces of the kids."

Tom Naylor

Vice-captain Lee Brown added: “It’s something I’ve been happy to do every year since I’ve been a professional.

“It’s nice to be able to give something back to the local community – and especially at this time of year.”

Their versatile team-mate Oli Hawkins said: “Spending Christmas inside a hospital can’t be a nice experience. It must be tough for the kids and their families.

“I’m pleased that we can show some support and let them know we’re thinking about them at this difficult time.”

"I’m pleased that we can show some support and let them know we’re thinking about them at this difficult time."

Oli Hawkins

On-loan Scotland under-21 international Ross McCrorie commented: “It was great to pay a visit and hopefully we made their day by giving out a few presents.”

Portsmouth Football Club would like to thank our friends at Matrix IT, who kindly donated some Amazon Fire Tablets.

A group of players will also soon be paying a Christmas visit to Naomi House hospice, who support children and young adults across the region.


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