Season’s greetings from The Shrimpers as they visit Southend Hospital
20 December 2018
On Tuesday 18 December, Manager Chris Powell and the Southend United first-team made the annual visit to Southend University Hospital to spread some Christmas cheer at this tough time of year for those who are in the hospital.
Blues visited both the Neptune children's ward and the
dementia ward to make sure they did leave anyone out of their tour
of the hospital.
Blues Manager Chris Powell said: "It was very humbling and any
little thing we can do as a club to help is great, this is part of
our community and it is something that I love us to be involved
"It helps us to show the people that we understand and we care,
we have had an eventful time today and we have met a lot of people
that and fans of the club and some that are not.
"It was great for both player and staff to spend some time with
The first-team man squad handed out goodie bags filled with SUFC
gifts and signed shirts. They also took the time to sit down and
speak to patients to talk about their time in the hospital and how
they are getting on.
Southend United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop said this about his
time at the hospital.
"I think it's massively important to visit the hospital at this
time of year and spread some positivity, I feel like as a
footballer especially the kids look up to you because they love
their football and if we can spread positivity through football
that's a bonus!"
Elise Fleetwood, Events & Corporate Relations Manager for
Southend Hospital Charity, said: "There's always an air of
excitement when Southend United players take extra time out to
visit the hospital and this year was no exception as they scored
yet another success, with winning smiles and spreading cheer to
patients old and young alike."