Sunderland players bring festive cheer to hospital patients

FESTIVE CATS: Sunderland players during their visit to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
FESTIVE CATS: Sunderland players during their visit to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
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SUNDERLAND AFC players brought festive cheer around the region this week, visiting patients in three hospitals across the North East.

Members of the Black Cats squad met children at Sunderland Royal Hospital, Durham University Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary Great North Children’s Hospital, visiting the wards, posing for photographs, handing out presents, signing pictures and talking about the highly anticipated Tyne-Wear derby this weekend.

The young Sunderland AFC supporters received special goody bags, which included SAFC teddies, SAFC annuals, match tickets, calendars and a selection of other gifts.

Speaking after the events, club captain John O’Shea said: “It’s a very difficult time of the year for young people to be in hospital. Visiting the wards and spending time with the kids and their families is always something the players enjoy and hopefully we have helped to lift their spirits a little.”