Southend United players spread festive cheer on hospital visit
18 December 2015
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
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
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."