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Bolton Wanderers players deliver Christmas gifts to Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton Hospice and Derian House

22 December 2017

Bolton Wanderers' first team squad were out and about delivering presents after training on Thursday afternoon to three different venues across Bolton and the surrounding areas.

Jem Karacan, Adam Le Fondre, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Alnwick, Gary Madine, Mark Little, David Wheater, Josh Vela, Andrew Taylor, Darren Pratley and Connor Hall were in attendance at Royal Bolton Hospital where they visited the children's ward.

Elsewhere, Craig Noone, Aaron Wilbraham, Stephen Darby, Mark Howard, Filipe Morais, Jeff King, Antonee Robinson and Alex Perry made the journey to Euxton to Derian House Children's Hospice.

And finally, Dorian Dervite, Mark Beevers, Chris Taylor, Josh Cullen, Derik Osede, Karl Henry, Reece Burke and Adam Armstrong travelled to Bolton Hospice to visit their day unit and residents.

Loaded with gifts personally purchased by Whites' striker Madine - with him having spent hours of his own time shopping at Smyths Toy Store, ASDA and Boots - the players spent time with those who will be in hospital or hospices over the festive period.

Speaking following the visit to the children's ward, Ben Alnwick said, “There are a lot of kids in hospital at Christmas and this is just our way of coming down and trying to put a smile on their faces.

“It is one of the things we all enjoy doing. It is always worthwhile doing it and it is a great cause alongside being a chance for us to give a bit back to the community."

Karl Henry echoed his teammate's sentiments following his trip to Bolton Hospice, adding, "

“It is something that all clubs do and it comes from players wanting to be close to the community and going along and seeing people in hospices and hospitals.

“At Christmas time it is something that clubs do and it is something that is really important.

“One thing I have learned since I have been here is that Bolton do a huge amount with the community. I think it is absolutely brilliant and it is grounding for us as players.

“It is certainly not a chore for us and I think it is something every player should do and every club do.

“It is nice for us to see a few smiles when we have been and to cheer up everyone who is in a difficult situation.”

Everybody at Bolton Wanderers Football Club would like to wish their supporters around the world a very Merry Christmas.


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