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Wanderers stars spread some festive cheer in the community

9 December 2016

The club's first team squad paid special visits to numerous organisations across the local area on Wednesday

Bolton Wanderers stars helped to spread plenty of Christmas cheer on Wednesday afternoon when they visited the children’s ward at Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton Hospice and Derian House Children’s Hospice.
 
The players were split into three groups as they handed out Christmas gifts to patients and staff at each of the venues.
 
David Wheater said: “I’ve done quite a few of these now and it’s always the one you look forward to the most.
 
“To be able to put some smiles on the kids’ faces at this time of year when it must be horrible to be in hospital, it means a lot.
 
“We all put in a bit to buy the presents but it’s the least we can do.”
 
Fellow defender Andrew Taylor added: “It’s lovely to hand presents out to any young people to try and cheer them up but we’ve bumped into quite a few Bolton fans and it’s extra special for us to be able to help them.”
 
Former Wanderers player and Community Trust Ambassador Tony Kelly, who attended Royal Bolton Hospital with some of the players, said: “It’s sad to see kids being in hospital at this time of year – hopefully they’ll be home by Christmas.
 
“Fans maybe don’t realise all these gifts are bought with their money and it shows you this club is the heart of the town.”

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