Footballers drop in to children's wards to deliver gifts

Four players from Crystal Palace delivered Christmas presents to patients at the PRUH and King's College Hospital

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Crystal Palace footballers dropped in to King’s College Hospital and the Princess Royal University Hospital to deliver presents and spread some Christmas cheer.

Andros Townsend and Jason Puncheon were at the PRUH to meet children staying on the ward and posed for photos with patients and staff. They even found time to FaceTime one patient’s grandfather, who is a huge Palace fan.

Malcolm Beck, grandfather to nine-year-old Aoife Teehan, spoke to Andros and Jason about the club’s recent performance.

Aoife’s mum Jennie said her dad was a life-long Palace fan. She added: “This is a real bragging opportunity for him! Speaking to the players would have made his year. He would have loved to have been here but he doesn’t live locally anymore.”

Aoife said: “I’m really glad Granddad got to speak to the players, it made him really happy.”
One young Palace fan was receiving treatment in the emergency department so the players popped in to see him.

Reece Garrard, 11, said: “It was great to see the players – I am a huge fan so I was really glad to see them while they were here.”

Connor Wickham and Joel Ward delivered gifts, including puzzles and cuddly toys, to children on Rays of Sunshine Ward, at King’s College Hospital. The players posed for photos with patients, their families, and staff.

Among those they spoke to were the Killoh family from Aberdeen. Four-year-old Bobby-Jo came to King’s for a liver transplant. Bobby Jo’s dad Iain said: “It’s great to have the players here. It’s a put a smile on all the kids’ faces.”

Ward sister Natalie Lynch, who is a Crystal Palace fan, said she was thrilled that Connor and Joel could visit.

“Many of the children on this ward have been here for a long time so it’s lovely that the players were able to visit and bring some Christmas cheer, as well as some great gifts, with them.

“They were so nice to all the children and their families and made time to chat with everyone. My family are all Crystal Palace fans so I was especially pleased they were able to visit!”

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