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Lads bring Xmas cheer to local hospitals

Posted on 15 December 2011  - 12:00

The players were out and about giving out presents on Childrens' Wards at hospitals in the local community on Tuesday.

The players were out and about giving out presents on Childrens' Wards at hospitals in the local community on Tuesday.

As is our annual tradition, gifts were delivered to five hospitals - Barnet General, Chase Farm, Princess Alexandra, North Middlesex University Hospital and Whipps Cross.

Ledley King, Andros Townsend and coach Joe Jordan attended Acorn Ward, Whipps Cross in Leytonstone, East London.

Brad Friedel, Steven Pienaar and Danny Rose made the trip to Harlow, Essex, to meet kids on Dolphin Ward at Princess Alexandra.

Rafa van der Vaart, Seb Bassong, Tom Carroll and first team coach Clive Allen visited Kingfisher Ward at Chase Farm in Enfield.

William Gallas, Emmanuel Adebayor, Scott Parker and goalkeeping coach Tony Parks attended Treasure Island Ward at Barnet.

Meanwhile, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Carlo Cudicini, Niko Kranjcar and assistant manager Kevin Bond were at Rainbow Ward, North Middlesex just around the corner from White Hart Lane.

As always, the lads 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.

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Emmanuel said: “It’s an emotional time as it makes us realise how lucky we are.

"Christmas is around the corner but there are parents here just hoping that their children will be okay. It is a pleasure to come and visit and I am very happy to see the kids, to wish them a Merry Christmas and hope that they are back on their feet soon.

"We know that children look up to us as footballers, so it is important to put smiles on their faces.”

Rafa said: “It's nice for us to come here and spend a little bit of our day with those less fortunate. I also have a little baby boy so it's really hard to see, but it gives you a good feeling to be part of this and a good day.

"When my little son was six months he also was in the hospital and we are worried about winning and losing football matches, tactics, but this is life and that's the most important thing, to be healthy."

Brad added: “It’s always a little bit touching and it grounds you to come here, especially during the holiday season.

"We’ve seen sick children as young as five months old, all the way up to the age of 15 who should be at home with smiles on their faces at this time of year.

"Hopefully each one of these children will get to go home and spend Christmas with their families and be happy and healthy."

Niko said: “It is annual tradition for the players to visit our local hospitals at Christmas and hand out presents to the children.

"It is important for us to help put a smile on the faces of those less fortunate at this time of year and it is something we are always happy to do. We must also recognise the fantastic work of the staff at our hospitals who do such an excellent job in keeping up the spirits of the children and their families at a difficult time."

Ledley said: "It is a great feeling to visit the children at Christmas. The Club as a whole ensure we do this every year. There were other players around at different hospitals in North London and it is about giving the kids something back at this time of year. It is lovely to see the smiles on the children’s faces and that’s what it’s all about. Christmas is about families being together and I have been speaking to some of the parents too and you can see how happy they are that we are making this gesture to come here."