Footballers from AFC Fylde visited the Children’s and Adolescent Ward this week with plenty of gifts to hand out to the young patients.
Five year-old Sophie Whittingham, from Fleetwood, who said she would like a Barbie Campervan for Christmas, was delighted to also receive two early presents from Matthew Hughes who chatted to her about what she hoped Santa would bring.
Six year-old Alexis Bentley was going home after the players’ visit, but luckily, she had time to receive her present and pose for a picture in front of the tree.
Tamzin Truman, 13, from Poulton was very happy to receive a present and meet the team. It was a great day for Tamzin who had also received a video message from singer Fleur East earlier in the day.
AFC Fylde’s assistant manager Colin Woodthorpe loved visiting the ward.
He said: “It is fantastic to come and do this.
“I love it and the players do too. It’s great to give something back.
“It’s fantastic to engage with the community and our visit helps break up a long day in hospital especially at this time of year.”
Play worker Gemma Probin, who accompanied the team around the wards, said: “It was really nice of the players to come and visit today, especially as they took the time to hand out gifts and chat to the children and their carers.”