Sunderland cup hero Bobby Kerr plays Santa’s helper

Hope4Kidz presentation to children in Sunderland Royal Hospital. Sunderland AFC legend Bobby Kerr helped with the charities New Toy Christmas Appeal he is pictured on the ward with left to right; student nurse Philippa Cowper, charity chief executive Viv Watts, patients Bethany Carr and Rebecca Burnett, matron Pauline Palmer, Lynne Hodgson from the Bridges and ward manager Richard Allsop.
Hope4Kidz presentation to children in Sunderland Royal Hospital. Sunderland AFC legend Bobby Kerr helped with the charities New Toy Christmas Appeal he is pictured on the ward with left to right; student nurse Philippa Cowper, charity chief executive Viv Watts, patients Bethany Carr and Rebecca Burnett, matron Pauline Palmer, Lynne Hodgson from the Bridges and ward manager Richard Allsop.
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CUP hero captain Bobby Kerr helped poorly youngsters wake up to a merry Christmas yesterday.

The Scot, famously known as the Little General, was at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s children’s ward, as charity Hope4Kidz showed off a collection out presents which have been donated to disadvantaged young people.

Bobby, the SAFC skipper who lifted the FA Cup after leading the side to a 1-0 victory over Leeds United in 1973, said: “It’s always nice to come to places like this and see the children.

“It’s amazing the charity that people show at times like this and they’ve done so well to get so many donations in. I was at a dinner for the charity a few months ago and what they do for people is just brilliant.”

A staggering £10,000 of gifts and selection boxes have been donated for the appeal, which was created by radio station Sun FM in partnership with The Bridges, Benfield Ford, Matalan, Morrisons Seaburn, Ross Care Mobility, Arriva and Nestle Fawdon.

Hope4Kidz, which helps children and young people affected by illness, hardship and disability in Sunderland and across the North East, has already distributed thousands of pounds worth of toys to more than 1,000 special needs children and organisations, with a further 350 gifts going to the Niall Quinn Children’s Centre, Sunderland Royal Infirmary, Sunderland Eye Infirmary and the Neonatal Unit.

Viv Watts, of Hope 4 Kidz, said: “We are all astounded by the generosity of the people of Sunderland and the surrounding districts and it is with their kind support that our small charity can make a big difference to those children who so deserve.

“Hope 4 Kidz is very honoured to administer this magnificent appeal supported by the companies mentioned.

“These gifts for the children are an escape from the stresses and strains of their illnesses and everyday life, for them to have fun on Christmas Day with the donated toys.

“From all at Hope 4 Kidz and the beneficiaries we send a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped with the Christmas Appeal.”