CUP heroes dished out some much-needed festive cheer to poorly youngsters ahead of Christmas Day.
Former Sunderland midfielders Bobby Kerr and Micky Horswill visited children’s wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital to pass on toys and gifts following more than 1,000 donations from generous Wearsiders.
The visit by the pair, both part of the Black Cats’ victorious 1973 FA Cup-winning side, was arranged by city children’s charity Hope 4 Kidz, whose Christmas appeal has had its best ever year.
Toys and selection boxes were also taken to the Niall Quinn Children’s Centre, the neo-natal unit at the Royal, and Sunderland Eye Infirmary.
Organisations which helped with the charity appeal include The Bridges, Bristol Street Motors in Peterlee, Matalan, Sainsburys, Arriva and Manor House Care Home. Viv Watts, of the charity, said: “This Christmas Appeal has superseded all of the other appeals.
“The estimated value of gifts is over £11,000.
“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 it.
“These gifts for the children is an escape from the stresses and strains of their illnesses and everyday life for 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.”
For more about Hope 4 Kidz or to nominate a beneficiary, call 534 7788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.