Saints stars put smiles on faces of kids in Southampton General Hospital

Saints stars put smiles on faces of kids in hospital

Saints stars put smiles on faces of kids in hospital

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

IT WAS a special visit that helped put the smiles back on the faces of some of Hampshire's poorly children.

Young patients at Southampton General Hospital were given a treat this afternoon when players from Saints' first-team squad popped in for the afternoon.

Daily Echo:

The Premier League stars toured the wards where they posed for pictures, signed autographs and handed out gifts.

For the sick youngsters, many of who are battling serious illness, it was a day that visibly helped boost their spirits.

Joe Scully is a 12-year-old Saints fan from Shirley who suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and his face lit up as he spoke with his heroes.

“It's really exciting,” said Joe. “Getting the chemo isn't very nice, but meeting the Saints players has really cheered me up.”

His mum, Caitriona, 46, said: “It's quite inspirational. It's been so tough over the past few months, but this has made him really happy, to know that they care.”

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While this was a day for the children, it also had an impact on the players.

Star striker Rickie Lambert said: “It means a lot to us. Obviously, it means everything to the kids.

“You're only putting a smile on their face, but when they see you walk through the door it makes you feel really special that they look up to us the way they do.

“I've got three kids, so it touches home when I see kids who are not as fortunate as mine.”

Midfielder Steven Davis added: “It's a privilege. You can't imagine how hard it is for them and their parents, but it's nice to be able to come round and try and put a smile on their face.”

Healthcare play specialist Claire Pickett said: “It's brilliant that they come and do so much for us, and just do so much for the families and the kids, because they don't have to do it.”

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7:20pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Kingsland Bob says...

Fantastic! I think it's great when the club and the lads do this!!!!
Fantastic! I think it's great when the club and the lads do this!!!! Kingsland Bob
  • Score: 21

8:19pm Wed 19 Mar 14

derek james says...

top men
top men derek james
  • Score: 11

9:03pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Saint_rob says...

Good lads, one of the special things of being a modern day footballer.
Good lads, one of the special things of being a modern day footballer. Saint_rob
  • Score: 8

9:12pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Kingsland Bob says...

It's an absolute leveller reading and seeing this. To think we sometimes moan about the fact that the Saints lose or Guly has an off day or the referee makes a poor decision does it all really matter when you see a little lad walking whilst connected to a drip? It's natural I know to get down and be fed up but as someone once said it could be a lot worse - how true!
It's an absolute leveller reading and seeing this. To think we sometimes moan about the fact that the Saints lose or Guly has an off day or the referee makes a poor decision does it all really matter when you see a little lad walking whilst connected to a drip? It's natural I know to get down and be fed up but as someone once said it could be a lot worse - how true! Kingsland Bob
  • Score: 15

12:20am Thu 20 Mar 14

ShakeyWiffles says...

Only wish they could've done this when I was in :) Wish there were more things to make the adults/young adults happy but this a step in the right direction!
Only wish they could've done this when I was in :) Wish there were more things to make the adults/young adults happy but this a step in the right direction! ShakeyWiffles
  • Score: 4

12:36pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Great to see and great to read.

Also ..... I have to confess that when I first saw this article, I took it for what it is - a great story. However, in terms of the club itself I've just realised something else. During NCs time, great though he was at knocking certain things into shape, we never (or maybe once from memory) read this side of what the players and the club do in and around the community. So, this is a great example of how the PR side of the club (perhaps reflecting the actions of the club) have moved up a gear under the change of leadership in the board room.
Great to see and great to read. Also ..... I have to confess that when I first saw this article, I took it for what it is - a great story. However, in terms of the club itself I've just realised something else. During NCs time, great though he was at knocking certain things into shape, we never (or maybe once from memory) read this side of what the players and the club do in and around the community. So, this is a great example of how the PR side of the club (perhaps reflecting the actions of the club) have moved up a gear under the change of leadership in the board room. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 0

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