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Doncaster Rovers football players uplift spirits on the children’s ward this Christmas

Players of Doncaster Rovers Football Club have paid their annual visit to Doncaster Royal Infirmary to meet the young patients staying on the children’s ward over the festive period. 

The players, alongside team management, visited the hospital on 19 December to spread holiday cheer, deliver gifts and give the children a chance to meet their sporting heroes.

Grant McCann, Manager of Doncaster Rovers and Richard Wood, Team Captain joined their teammate from Doncaster Belles, Chloe Baren and Brad Hey of the Doncaster Rugby League in their mission to bring festive cheer and smiles as they made their way around the bays on the Children’s Ward and Children’s Observation Unit.

Doncaster’s sporting teams have always had a strong commitment to their local community and recognise the importance of supporting those in need. True to this vision, they succeeded yesterday in creating unforgettable moments for children who might have felt they were missing out by spending the holidays in hospital away from festivities.

One young patient, Evan, is even a season ticket holder and was very excited to meet the players. He was overjoyed to be able to see them up close and chat to them one-on-one.

Maxine Deakin, Play and Activity Leader at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “We can’t thank the players and the organisers of this visit enough for the difference they have made today. Spending time in hospital is always difficult, but this is especially true for children who are receiving inpatient care over the Christmas period. This visit took their minds off their illnesses and treatments for a little while and brought some cheer to their day – and they certainly have a story to tell now!”

In addition to the visit, Doncaster Rovers made a very generous donation of £500 which will help to enhance patient experience at the hospital – allowing healthcare colleagues to provide little extras that make staying in hospital that bit more comfortable.

Manager Grant McCann said: “Visiting the Children’s Ward is always a highlight of our busy Christmas period and we’re thankful to the staff and patients for giving us such a warm welcome.

“We met some wonderful characters during the visit and they put smiles on our faces as much as we did them. Spending any length of time in hospital is never easy and we appreciate that it is even more difficult at this time of the year so we hope we brought of cheer for the kids and their families.
“We thank the Club Doncaster Foundation, Elite Pro Sports, our Academy and commercial partners for their kind donations to the presents we took along for the children and the wards.”

The Doncaster Rovers FC community outreach initiatives have always been highly regarded, and this visit to the children’s ward is yet another example of their dedication to making a positive impact in Doncaster. By extending their support beyond the football pitch, the club is setting an inspiring example for other organizations and fostering a sense of unity within the local community.

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