Football stars spread Christmas cheer at hospital

Ipswich Town Football players visit children on the Rainbow ward at West Suffolk Hospital''Pictured: Ipswich Town Football players visit children on the Rainbow ward at West Suffolk Hospital''Pictured: Lee Martin giving Jason (6) and Chooper(5) Lee some presents along with luke Chamber, Aaron Creswell, Andy Drury and Leigh Baldwin (play therapist)
Ipswich Town Football players visit children on the Rainbow ward at West Suffolk Hospital''Pictured: Ipswich Town Football players visit children on the Rainbow ward at West Suffolk Hospital''Pictured: Lee Martin giving Jason (6) and Chooper(5) Lee some presents along with luke Chamber, Aaron Creswell, Andy Drury and Leigh Baldwin (play therapist)
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Stars of Ipswich Town Football Club swapped their football boots for sacks of presents and travelled to the Rainbow Ward of West Suffolk Hospital to spread some Christmas cheer.

Stars of Ipswich Town Football Club swapped their football boots for sacks of presents and travelled to the Rainbow Ward of West Suffolk Hospital to spread some Christmas cheer, this afternoon.

Players, Luke Chambers, Aaron Cresswell, Lee Martin and Andy Drury handed out individual presents to the ward’s young patients and wished them a merry Christmas.

Luke Chambers said: “I look forward to doing it, even if you put a smile on a couple of kids faces. It really puts things into perspective. It’s the least we can do as some of them are going to be here over Christmas.”

Rosanne Mckay, whose 18-month-old son Joshua was one of those to receive a gift, said: “It was amazing I have never had something like that done before, really good and really good for the kids. I’m amazed they have done a brilliant thing.”

Gifts such as board games and DVDs, purchased from donations by players, were also given to be kept on the children’s ward for future patients.

Ward manager, Digi Cave, said: “It’s overwhelming it’s very generous of them I know it came from their own money. It makes the children and the staff very excited it’s the high point of our year.”

Ipswich Town Football Club’s players will be delivering gifts to six hospitals and hospices this week.