Poorly children at The Royal Oldham welcome Christmas visit from Oldham Athletic AFC players
THE entire squad of Oldham Athletic AFC players and backroom staff dropped in to say merry Christmas and hand out presents to sick children at The Royal Oldham Hospital last Thursday (17 December).
All the players in David Dunn’s team were there to spread some festive cheer to the children, who are unfortunate to be in hospital this Christmas.
Louise Gallagher, play specialist at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:
“The children on the unit couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the entire football team walk in, it really made their day and it will be a Christmas they remember for a long time to come. The players were really good with the children, talking to them and asking them what they want for Christmas. They also gave out gifts and it was great to see the children’s little faces light up. I’d like to thank the club, players and all the back room staff who came in and made this visit such a successful one.”
David Dunn, manager of Oldham Athletic AFC said:
“It’s tough to see children in hospital at this time of year, especially as it’s the season of goodwill. As a community club, it is important we come down to the hospital and help put a smile on everyone’s faces and do our bit.
“We brought all the lads down, everyone in the Children’s Ward received a present and hopefully we did that little bit to make them feel better.”
Captain of Oldham Athletic AFC, Liam Kelly added:
“The nurses and volunteers deserve a special mention for the work they do over the Christmas period. They work unsociable hours and put in a lot of hard work to ensure the children enjoy a better Christmas so credit must go to them.”
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