Gallery: Saints in hospital visit

By SFC Media time Tue 03 Apr First team

Saints’ first-team players and staff paid a visit to Southampton General Hospital to put smiles on the faces of suffering children on Tuesday.

Manager Mark Hughes and his players handed out gifts, including signed cards, toys and painting sets, and stopped to chat with the young patients.



The visit, organised by Saints Foundation, ensured the whole squad was able to spread some joy to hundreds of children across several wards.

The team also spent time in the elderly care wards, spreading cheer and speaking with several lifelong Saints fans along the way.
 
This followed on from last year’s successful visit to this section of the hospital, with the players posing for photos and trying to make a difference to patients of all ages.

Skipper Steven Davis said: “It’s a great opportunity to take their minds off what they’re going through.



“If we can come down and just brighten up their day a little bit by putting a smile on their face, it makes it all worthwhile.”

Local news reporter Lewis Coombes’s daughter Edith has been diagnosed with leukaemia, and is being treated on the Piam Brown ward. 

“It’s never an easy thing for a family to go through,” he said. “But this ward in particular do really amazing things for the children.

“Today, with the players coming around, you can just see the kids’ faces. 

“It’s never easy going through the treatment, but to have that to look forward to and speak to some of their heroes has been really good for the kids.”

Claire Pickett, healthcare play specialist at Southampton General, added: “Some of the treatment is quite harsh here and they could be feeling really rotten. 

“Some of the children haven’t got out of bed for weeks, but they know their favourite players are coming and they’ve got out of bed to see them.

“It will give them the memories for a long time after – they’ll be talking about this for the next few weeks.”

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