Wanderers quartet pay Easter visit to children’s ward

David Wheater, Jay Spearing, Andrew Taylor and Max Clayton hand out Easter eggs and cuddly toys at Royal Bolton Hospital

Four Wanderers first team players paid a special visit to Bolton Hospital's Children's Ward on Tuesday afternoon to spread some joy prior to Easter.

PFA Community Champion David Wheater, vice-captain Jay Spearing, defender Andrew Taylor and striker Max Clayton - along with Community Ambassador Tony Kelly - all made the short journey to the town's main hospital, arriving with Easter eggs and cuddly toys donated by the club's first team squad.

Once on the ward, the quartet took the opportunity to distribute the eggs to the young patients and their families with the Easter break fast approaching and with many of the youngsters set to remain in the care of Bolton Hospital over the period itself.

Meeting Bolton fans along the way, the players also posed for photos and signed autographs alongside putting smiles on the faces of the staff members and nurses on the ward with Easter eggs as well.

Speaking afterwards, Wheater admitted that visits such as this are always ones which the squad look forward to.

"These visits are always a very humbling experience but I enjoy them a lot and I know the other lads do too - it really does allow us to give something back to the community.

"All season long, we've been getting out into the town as much as possible as it's hugely important to keep that relationship with Bolton, who we represent, as strong as possible.

"Many of the people we saw today are the ones who support us on a weekly basis and now, when it's a dark time for them, it's time for us to show our support in return.

"Even though it's a small token in the form of an Easter egg, you can tell that they all really appreciated it and that's massively rewarding."

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