Wanderers Spread Festive Cheer

The Wanderers’ squad couldn’t make their customary Christmas deliveries in person but still did their best to spread some festive cheer around the local hospital and hospices.

Covid restrictions prevented the regular in-person visits from the players to Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton Hospice and Derian House in Chorley.

But staff from Bolton Wanderers in the Community and the club’s media department (above) were able to drop off presents paid for by the Wanderers’ coaching staff and playing personnel.

Phil Mason, CEO of Bolton Wanderers in the Community and Club Chaplain, said: “Unfortunately, due to current circumstances the players were unable to make the usual visits with the presents

“But as a club we felt it was important to get the presents out to those we are thinking of at this time in the hospital, hospice and Derian House.

“We hope these gifts bring some Christmas cheer to families in testing times in their lives.

“We wish them every blessing and want them to know they are in our thoughts. We are one club, one community and one town.​”

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The contribution from the Whites’ squad bought gifts for young and old, including children currently receiving treatment at Royal Bolton Hospital (above).

Laura Gasson, Hospital Play Specialist, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are blown away by the generosity that Bolton Wanderers show us each and every year.

“It’s not easy for the children who have to be on the ward over the Christmas holidays but they love knowing that their football heroes were involved in getting them gifts and the families and staff love to see the excitement on their faces.”

Martina Horrigan, Individual Giving and Trust Lead at Bolton Hospice, said: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome BWFC to the hospice and even though this year’s visit has been different once again due to Covid-19, our patients are delighted with their Christmas gifts.

“We really appreciate the club’s support and thoughtfulness in continuing to support Bolton Hospice in this way.”

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The players were also delighted to extend their long-standing relationship with Derian House with gifts taken to the children’s hospice in Chorley.

Mick Croskery, Fundraising Manager at Derian House, said: “The support of Bolton Wanderers over the last 20 years has been hugely appreciated by everyone at Derian House Children’s Hospice.

“Every year we welcome the club back to the hospice as they take on the role of Santa’s little helpers by delivering chocolate and presents to our children and families.

“Even during the current pandemic they have still managed to come to visit us to put some much needed smiles on faces.

“We hope everyone at Bolton Wanderers enjoys the upcoming festivities and we hope to see you on and off the pitch again in the near future.”

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