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Lads bring festive cheer to local hospitals

A host of First Team players and coaches were out in force this week, paying festive visits to Children's Wards at five local hospitals.

A host of First Team players and coaches were out in force this week, paying festive visits to Children's Wards at five local hospitals.

As is annual tradition at the Club, players delivered presents and spent time with children and families unfortunate enough to be spending their Christmas in hospital, while also paying tribute to the staff on the Wards.

Robbie Keane was joined by Alan Hutton and Giovani Dos Santos at Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, along with First Team Coach Joe Jordan.

Peter Crouch, David Bentley and Kyle Naughton visited the nearby North Middlesex University Hospital in Edmonton, along with First Team Coach Les Ferdinand.

Sebastien Bassong, Vedran Corluka and Tom Huddlestone were accompanied by Development Coach Clive Allen at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex.

Niko Kranjcar and Roman Pavlyuchenko visited the Treasure Island Ward at Barnet General Hospital, along with goalkeeping coach Tony Parks.

And Jonathan Woodgate, Luka Modric and Wilson Palacios were accompanied by assistant manager Kevin Bond at Whipps Cross University Hospital on a memorable afternoon for all involved.

Club captain Robbie Keane said: "I've been on a number of these visits with the Club over the years and it's always a humbling experience. It's never nice to see young kids spending Christmas in hospital, but if us coming along can put a smile on their faces for a few hours then it's the least we can do."

Peter Crouch added: "It puts things in perspective whenever you see the challenges children and their families in this situation face. Many people take spending Christmas at home with their loved ones for granted and it's therefore so important that, as players and role models, we come out and meet these brave young people and pay tribute to the staff on the Children's Ward who work fantastically hard in difficult circumstances."

And ‘Woody' said: "I speak on behalf of all the players and staff from the Club in saying that it was an absolute pleasure to come and visit. We came bearing gifts for all the kids and spending time with the patients and staff on the Ward was the least we could do when you realise how lucky we are to be happy and healthy at this time of year."

Emma Pledger, Ward Sister for T2 Rainbow Ward at North Middlesex, said: "We are always so grateful for the support that Tottenham Hotspur gives to the hospital. It gives the children and their families a real lift at what is a very difficult time to be in hospital. The children loved their presents and the visit is always a morale booster for our hard working staff."

Debbie Twist, Head of Children's Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital, said: "The children could not wait to meet the players once they knew they were coming. There was a real buzz of excitement on the ward all day. It can sometimes be a difficult time for all concerned when a child is in hospital, so the visit went a long way in cheering everyone up."