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Leicester City F.C. first team spread festive cheer at Leicester Royal Infirmary
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Press release date21/12/2017
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There were smiles all round on Wednesday 20 December as Leicester City Football Club’s first team squad took time out of their busy schedules to visit patients at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Players handed out presents to children, signed autographs and had their photos taken as they met children, families and staff on several children’s wards.
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Consultant Paediatrician Sanjiv Nichani, took a group of players including star striker Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King around the Children’s Intensive Care Unit and Children’s wards 12, 27 and 28. A second group, led by Neonatal Consultant, Daniel Bronnert, took Wes Morgan, Ahmed Musa, Shinji Okazaki, Demarai Gray  and teammates join Filbert the Fox to visit Children’s wards 19, 10, 11 and 14.


Speaking during the visit to LCFC TV, defender Harry Maguire said, “Obviously to come along and meet everyone, all the staff and all the children… when you see all the smiles on their faces, it’s very pleasing.


“It’s a time, as a team, we all look forward to coming and giving something back to the kids. Like I’ve said, putting a smile on their faces means a lot to us all so it’s a big occasion for us all. As you’ve seen today, we’ve got numerous presents. When we hand them out, it’s a big impact for the kids. We’ve just seen a seen a little boy who said it’s actually made his day, so it’s a good time for us all.”

 

This year, both tours finished in the new Children’s Emergency Department where Rachel Rowlands, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, gave a guided tour around the department that opened in April of this year. The Foxes players were impressed with the state of the art facilities and were keen to ask questions. After meeting more of their fans, the Foxes players were thanked by Dr Nichani in the Children’s Short Stay Unit (CSSU). Several replica shirts were signed by the team and these are to be auctioned to raise money for Leicester Hospitals Charity.


Dr Nichani said: “The annual Christmas visit to Leicester’s Hospitals by Leicester City Football Club is always eagerly awaited by children and their families. This year was no different and it was a pleasure to welcome the players and staff onto our Children’s Wards and into the new Emergency Department to see patients meet their heroes.”

 

“For children and their families, being admitted to hospital is a stressful time, even more so at this time of year. The Foxes coming in to deliver presents and sign autographs always goes a long way to boosting the spirits of the children, their families and the staff alike.”


Debbie Adlerstein, Head of Business Development at Leicester Hospitals Charity, said, “Leicester Hospitals Charity is truly grateful to LCFC and the players for their continued support.  The Christmas visit this year was amazing.  Patients and their families in the children’s wards were so excited to meet their favourite players and receive such lovely gifts.  Thank you for your all your efforts making Christmas in Hospital a much better place.”


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For pictures of the visits, please see our Twitter: @Leic_hospital and Facebook: leicesterhospitals accounts.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Robert Knowles
Communications Officer
0116 258 8761
robert.knowles@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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6516
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