BOLTON Wanderers football players won big smiles when they dropped into Derian House Children’s Hospice to hand out toys to the children.
The first team squad spread a little festive cheer when they handed out gifts to children staying at the hospice.
Brothers Adam and Alix, who use Derian’s services, were thrilled to meet the players – although they admitted they are actually Liverpool fans!
The players – whose personal donations had paid for the gifts – also took a tour of the hospice and posed for pictures with staff and children.
Former Derian service user Rebecca Delaney, 25, was paying a return visit to the hospice to deliver some gifts of her own to say thank you, when she bumped into the players.
“It was a wonderful surprise, we’re delighted!” said Rebecca’s mother Linda.
Player Josh Magennis said it was an “absolute privilege” to visit Derian.
Following the visit, he said: “Unfortunately the kids here may not be able to come to football games, so it’s a chance for us to come down and put a smile on their faces.
“We can sometimes be wrapped up in our own little bubble and today has been a humbling experience that has put things into perspective. It’s been an afternoon none of us will forget.”
Mick Croskery, Community Fundraiser at Derian House, said: “We’re really grateful to the Bolton players for bringing some festive cheer into Derian. The young people were absolutely thrilled with their gifts and it means a lot to us to have their support.”