Festive cheer: Players and staff visit three North East hospitals

As an extra special Christmas treat, Sunderland AFC players and staff brought some festive cheer to children at three north east hospitals today.

Alongside Sunderland AFC manager Jack Ross, executive director Charlie Methven, managing director Tony Davison and club ambassador Kevin Ball, the squad visited three children’s wards at the Sunderland Royal Hospital, University of Durham Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle respectively.

The Wearsiders met with children who face spending the festive period away from family and friends, bringing special gifts for the children and nursing staff, as well as signing autographs.

SAFC skipper, George Honeyman, said: “Every year we get together as a squad to visit children’s wards in the north east. It’s always a humbling experience but it’s really important for all of us - players, directors, staff and fans - to come together at this time of year. We are all the same community, whatever our respective roles.

“Being in hospital is never fun for anyone, especially for children, and even less so at Christmas time. Our visit today is just one way we can show that we are one club and we will support them, just as the whole community supports us when we need it.”

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