Plymouth Albion's First Team squad came to visit the children’s wards at Derriford Hospital last week.
The players came armed with gifts and toys which they handed out to bring smiles to children who are in hospital at Christmas time. A total of £400 was fundraised and used to buy gifts for all ages.
The fundraising efforts from the Albion team were inspired by some of the engineers from University Hospitals Plymouth. The Derriford Hospital Engineers department decided to auction off a signed Albion shirt at their Christmas party, raising an initial £125.
Play Service Team Leader, Sue Rodgers said: “We want to say a big thank you to the Plymouth Albion team, the Derriford Hospital Engineers Department and everyone who helped to fundraise and purchase toys for the children’s wards. The children, parents and staff were all thrilled to meet the team.”
Head Coach, Kieran Hallet, said: “It’s good to come here and be able to do such a lovely thing, especially at this time of year when these families must find things so tough. It really is a humbling experience.
“There were lots of smiles on the kids’ faces and it seems like everyone’s in a great spirit. We’re really happy to be able to contribute, even if it is just a little bit – it was great to see their little faces light up when they got their presents.”
Plymouth Albion Flyback / Centre, Dan Mugford added: “It’s been a pleasure to visit the children’s wards at Derriford hospital. We wanted to bring a bit of Christmas cheer and it’s a privilege for us to do so.”
The players delivered bags full of presents to the children, all purchased from the £400 raised by; Rich Butcher and friends from the Derriford Hospital Engineers department, Dave Barrett of Charlie Franks and Tamar Fresh, Tony Wainwright of Wainwright Estate Agents, Dave Porter, Jimmy Daw and Jason of the Kingsman’s Networking Group, Leon Theisinger of Kioo Marketing and Liz Venables of Plymouth Albion.