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First teamers pay special festive visit to Royal Bolton Hospital

18 December 2015

A host of players made the trip to the children's ward in the town's hospital on Friday afternoon

Members of Wanderers’ first team squad paid a festive visit to the children’s ward at Royal Bolton Hospital on Friday afternoon.

David Wheater, Dorian Dervite, Zach Clough, Ben Amos and Rob Holding were accompanied by Bolton Wanderers Community Trust ambassador Tony Kelly, with the group making the trip to the E5 ward ahead of the upcoming festive period.

Meeting youngsters who are currently undergoing treatment at the hospital, may of who will be forced to spend Christmas on the ward, the first teamers and Kelly brought smiles to the faces of the children and their families with their surprise visit.

Also arriving laden with Bolton Wanderers themed gifts, the players were able to hand out Lofty the Lion teddies, calendar, annuals, scarves and toys as early presents for the patients.

Speaking following his first Christmas visit with the club, Clough said, “It’s been a real pleasure to come here and meet some of these kids today.

“It’s a massive reminder of how lucky we really are to be healthy and hopefully they’ll all be able to make fast recoveries themselves.

“It’s important to get out into the community, but especially at Christmas because we really appreciate the support that we get and we enjoy being able to give something back.”

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