As is annual tradition, the lads were out and about visiting local hospitals this week, giving out Christmas presents on the Childrens' Wards.
Gifts are paid for out of players’ fines money each year and delivered to five hospitals in our local community: Barnet General, Chase Farm, Princess Alexandra, North Middlesex University Hospital, and Whipps Cross.
Jermaine Jenas, William Gallas and Niko Kranjcar attended Treasure Island Ward at Barnet along with goalkeeping coach Tony Parks.
Alan Hutton, Sebastien Bassong and Robbie Keane made the trip to Kingfisher Ward at Chase Farm in Enfield.
Michael Dawson, Heurelho Gomes and Jamie O’Hara, along with coach Clive Allen, visited Dolphin Ward at Princess Alexandra in Harlow, Essex.
Jermain Defoe, Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, along with coach Kevin Bond, were at Rainbow Ward, North Middlesex just around the corner from White Hart Lane.
And Gareth Bale joined Jonathan Woodgate and coach Joe Jordan at Acorn Ward, Whipps Cross in Leytonstone, East London.
The players were overwhelmed by the reception they received at each hospital from patients and staff and were delighted to put a few smiles on young faces at what can be a tough time of year for families with children in hospital.
JJ said: "It is that festive time of the year but there are also some less fortunate children in hospital, premature babies too, so it is a tough part of the year for some too. As much as we enjoy coming along it can get quite emotional at times. It is great to put a smile on the kids’ faces, make a fuss out of them and give them gifts.”
Daws added: "The players go along to a number of hospitals in the local area every Christmas, and when you see the kids happy it’s great. Christmas is a sad time when you are a kid in hospital, it’s not nice for them. But we can come here and do as little as we do to put smiles on their faces – that’s the main thing.”
JD said: "It's an important time of year for families and being stuck in a hospital isn't a nice experience at Christmas for anyone. I'm in a privileged position to be able to help a little by making some young children a bit happier and I'm delighted to be able to do so.”
Gareth commented: “It’s always an emotional time. We come to see the kids and it’s nice to pay a visit. We all enjoy giving Christmas gifts out and trying to put a smile on their faces. It makes our day as much as it makes their day! It’s nice to be able to give something back, especially around Christmas time. All the players have visited hospitals and it’s a nice thing to do. We all like coming in, we do it every year and it’s something we’ll always do.”