The Pompey squad have been busy spreading Christmas cheer and helping out Santa by delivering presents at QA Hospital.
Players from the men’s team were joined by head coach Danny Cowley, sporting director Richard Hughes, Pompey Women stars Anisha Hill and Mae Goulden, and Blues mascot Nelson.
They also toured the paediatric ward, chatting with patients and their families, giving out gifts, signing autographs and posing for photographs.
“It’s an absolute privilege for me and the players to be here and speak to the kids,” said Cowley “We’ve enjoyed chatting with all those who are unfortunately feeling poorly at Christmas.
“We brought some presents along, but it was great just to get to meet them and their parents, who are going through a really tough time at the moment. It’s nice to show them that we care and to send them our love.
"We’re hoping that the testing circumstances they’re having to work in will improve in the very near future because they are real life superheroes and we’re so proud of them and our NHS."
“I also have to mention all the nurses and doctors, who are doing such an unbelievable job. We’re hoping that the testing circumstances they’re having to work in will improve in the very near future because they are real life superheroes and we’re so proud of them and our NHS.”
Midfielder Marlon Pack added: “It makes you realise how fortunate you are and it’s great for us to spend some time spreading a bit of cheer over Christmas.
“It’s obviously not a nice thing to see children in hospital, but you come away feeling really positive because the kids have so much energy and enthusiasm.
“We were supposed to come along and brighten up their day, but I think it’s actually been the other way around!
“So much credit has to go to the wonderful nurses and all the other members of staff for the incredible job they do.
"We were supposed to come along and brighten up their day, but I think it’s actually been the other way around!"
“A lot of people are at home enjoying the festivities, but they’re here making sure everyone else is taken care of.”
Michael Jacobs commented: “It puts everything into perspective when you come here and so we’re just trying to spread a little bit of joy.
“It’s not nice for anyone to be in hospital over Christmas, but particularly children. It’s only a few hours out of our day to deliver some presents to them.
“Hopefully they’ll be back home sooner rather than later and we’ve managed to make them feel a bit better.
“There are a lot of Pompey fans around or people who tell us their cousins, nephews and nieces, and grandparents support the club. Everyone seems to be behind us and it’s great to be able to meet so many of them.”
Hill said: “It was great to come along as part of the Pompey family and help put a few smiles on faces.
“It’s obviously a difficult time for the children to be in hospital over Christmas, so hopefully we were able to provide a bit of festive cheer by delivering some presents.
“It was also humbling to see all the great work being done by the doctors and nurses and they deserve so much praise for the wonderful jobs they do every single day.”
The visit follows on from Clark Robertson, Michael Morrison and Joe Rafferty joining Cowley on a trip to the Jacksplace hospice at Naomi House last week.
The brilliant guys from @Pompey came to spread some festive footie cheer at Jacksplace. Manager, @dancowley1 Captain, @robertson_3 & players, Joe Rafferty & Michael Morrison came to chat to the young adults & give out gifts. Thank you for spreading so much joy Portsmouth FC! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Ei5wEZcBA6— Naomi House & Jacksplace (@naomiandjack) December 10, 2022