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Southend United players spread festive cheer on hospital visit

18 December 2015

Health Care

Patients and staff at Southend University Hospital were dreaming of a Blues Christmas after Southend United manager Phil Brown and the first team squad paid a visit to wards to deliver well-wishes and gifts to patients.

The Shrimpers visited children's outpatients and Neptune, the children's ward at the hospital and both patients and their families were thrilled to see the players make a special visit to the hospital, which is now something of a happy Christmas tradition.

Putting his best foot forward Southend United striker, Noel Hunt, met little Macie- Louise Muller, who is just aged 3, from Southend. Of his visit he said: "It's always emotional when visiting children wards especially around Christmas time when the children should be enjoying themselves with family, hopefully the presents and seeing some new people helped bring a smile to their faces."

Pictured with Macie-Louise was Yvonne Curtis, a play specialist on Neptune children's ward, who said: "There's always an air of excitement when Southend United players take time out to come and visit and this year was no exception. I think some of the parents were just as excited as the children. One dad, a Southend United fan, was quite emotional when a player held his baby daughter.

"It was a complete surprise to patients but the SUFC visit always helps raise the Christmas spirits of everyone on the ward and most importantly bring a smile to the faces of those young people spending time in hospital so close to Christmas."