Christmas came early for local cancer patients
Sheffield United kicked off Christmas early as they surprised staff, patients and their families at Weston Park Cancer Centre and took the time to walk around the hospital wards, where they signed autographs and posed for selfies.
In what was a moving and emotional afternoon, The Blades also handed out gifts, to help spread a little Christmas cheer to those who were unfortunate enough to spend the festive season in hospital.
“It was an absolute honour,” Said Manager, Chris Wilder.
“It put a lot of things into perspective and shows just how lucky we are to have been able to enjoy Christmas with our friends and families.
“We are delighted we could help spread a little bit of festive cheer and put smiles on the faces of so many patients who are going through a very difficult period in their lives. We wish them all the very best in their health and happiness.”
SUFC goalkeeper and charity ambassador, Simon Moore left a seasonal message of thanks to staff, as part of our Christmas Star Appeal, saying:
“It’s a pleasure to be part of such a fantastic charity; the staff and everyone associated with Weston Park are a credit to themselves and the community.”
On the visit, Darren Hayes, Business Development Manager at Weston Park Cancer Charity commented:
“The annual football visits have become an integral part of our Christmas calendar, as they really do give everyone an incredible boost at a time when it’s needed the most.
“We recognise that Christmas can be a very difficult time of year for patients facing a cancer diagnosis, so we’re always delighted to welcome Sheffield United to Weston Park.
“It’s unbelievably moving to see lifelong fans’ Christmas wishes come true as they meet some of their favourite players, so we’re extremely thankful to the club for taking time out of their busy schedule to spend time with patients.”
The Christmas visit was part of the Blade’s ongoing commitment to support cancer patients across the region which, last year, saw the club host free health MOTs, arrange bucket collections, provide match day experiences for patients and organise a glamorous ball, as well as providing sporting memorabilia for auction.
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