Athletic players and staff do their bit to help cheer up hospital children

Date published: 19 December 2018

Athletic owner Abdallah Lemsagam, manager Frankie Bunn and a number of first-team players took time out to visit the Children’s Ward at the Royal Oldham Hospital to help spread festive cheer.

A number of presents were given out to all the brave youngsters by the Athletic players and staff.

There were also some special treats given to the hospital staff (pictured below) on the ward as a show of appreciation for all their hard work, especially at this time of year.

Manager Bunn said: “It is a special time of year, not just for family and friends, but also for those that are unfortunately are in hospital.

“It was great to give presents out to the children and it was great to see so many smiling faces.

“It was nice to give something to the hospital staff as well because they are the unsung heroes.

“It’s a tough shift for them during this time but they are all in good spirits and it is great that people care for the children that are less fortunate than ourselves.”

Penny Martin, Divisional Managing Director for the Women and Children’s Division at the Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “It was an honour for the hospital to welcome the players, manager and staff from Oldham Athletic to the children’s ward.

“Thank you so much to the players and staff for taking time out from their busy schedules to visit the children and staff on the ward.

“The Christmas gifts were a wonderful surprise for both the children and our staff, and the visit definitely helped to spread a bit of Christmas cheer around the ward.” 

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