Christmas kicked off for children at Whipps Cross Hospital with two special visits this week from local football clubs, Tottenham Hotspur (21 Dec) and Leyton Orient (20 Dec).
The children were each given gifts including mini footballs and cuddly toys, and posed for photos with the special guests who spent time speaking with them and their parents.
Ghislaine Stephenson, Associate Director of Nursing for Children, said: "Each visit and gift at Christmas time means the world to our young patients; the smiles on their faces say it all. Our thanks go to Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient football clubs for their kindness and generosity each year; it really does help make Christmas special for the children, families and our staff."
On 21 December 2016 Tottenham Hotspur brought with them Hugo Lloris, Pau Lopez, Moussa Sissoko and from Spurs Ladies Leah Rawle to greet the children.
From Leyton Orient, on 20 December 2016 Captain Robbie Weir, Nicky Hunt and Callum Kennedy popped by to brighten up the afternoon. Club mascot Theo also toured the ward proving a hit with the children.
Robbie Weir, Captain of Leyton Orient FC said: "It's very important to give hope and a boost to the young kids who are in hospital at this special time of year instead of being at home with their families."
Ellie Francis, Events and Fundraising Manager at Barts Charity added: "We'd like to say thank you to the players and everyone involved at Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur for their ongoing support - support from local clubs makes such a difference. The visits give a huge lift to the young patients - especially to those who are football fans!"
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Barts Health NHS Trust
With a turnover of £1.4 billion and a workforce of around 16,000, Barts Health is the largest NHS trust in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers. The Trust’s five hospitals – St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City, including the Barts Heart Centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone and Mile End – deliver high quality compassionate care to the 2.5 million people of East London and beyond.