Stevenage play Santa at Lister Hospital for brave youngsters and praise 'incredible' doctors and nurses
PUBLISHED: 12:35 23 December 2017
With gifts and goodwill a plenty, Stevenage FC players, staff and club mascot Boro Bear spread some Christmas cheer when they visited Lister Hospital last week.
Jack King, Joe Fryer, Alex Samuel, Matt Godden and Fraser Franks were among the players to don their Santa hats and hand out presents to children on Lister’s Bluebell Ward and Children’s A&E.
Despite the star studded line-up of first teamers, it was club mascot Boro Bear who was the star attraction, proving to be a firm favourite with the children on the ward.
Long serving goalkeeper Chris Day was also involved in the festivities and has been for a number of years.
He told the Comet: “It is always a humbling experience to come down to the hospital and see all the sick children and their parents.
“We are very fortunate to do the job we do and the opportunity to come and spread some Christmas joy is always a highlight of our year.
“We would also like to give a special mention to all the incredible nurses and doctors at Lister Hospital. The work they do for the community is so important and often understated.”
The visit was organised by the club’s Supporters Association and has become an annual event in the clubs calendar.
Up to 100 meals were also provided by Stevenage based W.J Rowe Fish and Chips.
Speaking earlier in the year, Stevenage manager Darren Sarll spoke of the importance of helping those in the local community.
Sarll told the Comet: “Anything Stevenage can do to use our position in terms of trying to help children, we are more than happy to.
“We are more than a club, we are a town, a region, a district, and anything the football club can do in the community, we all buy into it.”
Sarll’s side return to action on Saturday when Jack Lester’s struggling Chesterfield Town side – currently sitting 23rd in Sky Bet League Two – visit The Lamex Stadium in a must win game for both clubs.