09:30 19th December 2013
by Norwich City Football Club
City striker visits James Paget Hospital
CITY striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel paid a visit to the children's ward at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston this week as part of the Club's annual Christmas hospital visits.
This followed last week's trip to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital when Bradley Johnson, Elliott Bennett, Gary Hooper and Wes Hoolahan were joined by Community Sports Foundation mascot Sportasaurus on the Buxton Ward to give gifts.
The Norwich City squad have made a donation to be shared between the Norfolk and Norwich, Quidenham Children's Hospice and St. James Paget Hospital in Norfolk to help fund specific projects or play equipment. The Club and CSF have also made a donation of goodies and gifts which were distributed at these visits and at Quidenham in the new year.
Emma Dolman, Matron of Children’s Services at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, said: “We’re very grateful to the Club and the players for visiting our patients in their free time and for their kind donations of presents. It was really lovely and shows a great sense of community spirit. The visit helped to brighten up the children’s day and gave them some distraction from their time in hospital.”
Play Specialist at the James Paget, Marie Cross said: “We are very grateful to Norwich City Football Club for their continuing generous support to the Children’s Ward at the James Paget University Hospitals. We would like to thank Ricky for taking the time to come and visit the children here and to all the players for their donations. The visit is always a highlight of the Christmas period and it always cheers up the youngsters and helps to take their mind of their illness.”
Pictured are the players, with staff and patients at the local hospitals.