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Coleraine FC players Ryan Doherty, John Watt, Darren Boyce, Leon Knight and Stephen Carson along with David Platt (manager) and Aidy McLaughlin (coach) pay a special visit to the Children’s Ward at the Causeway Hospital last week to give out Christmas presents to the children (Picture: Coleraine Times)


CHILDREN'S ward staff at the Causeway Hospital were pleased to host a visit by players from Coleraine Football Club last week.

The visit with toys for children who were in hospital over Christmas has become an annual event for patients and staff on the ward. Players chatted with staff and the children and distributed presents.

Jim Stewart, Chairman of the Northern Trust, was unable to attend this year, but he sent his thanks to the players for their kindness.

He said, "I know that staff really look forward to seeing the players at this time of year. I want to thank all of them for their personal generosity and, of course, for taking the time to come and meet the children.

"Unfortunately, some people will have to spend Christmas in hospital and staff will do everything to make their stay as pleasant as possible. Visits such as this help to make Christmas a bit more special for those children who cannot go home this year."

Coleraine FC Community Relations Officer, John Cardwell, said the club are delighted to be able to continue with their annual visit to the Children’s Ward.

"The players love coming up to the ward at Christmas time to help spread a bit of Christmas cheer," said John.

"It’s never easy for kids to be in hospital, but it’s really hard for them at Christmas. Hopefully spending time with the players and staff will give them a wee boost.

"This is the third year we have visited the hospital and we are only too pleased to keep it going."

By Steven Crawford, Coleraine Times


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