Pompey players give an Easter treat to children at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth

(l-r) Johnny Ertl, Kerry Broadbridge with her son Olly Broadbridge and Trevor Carson.''Pompey players visiting children in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141179-347) PPP-140417-170359001
(l-r) Johnny Ertl, Kerry Broadbridge with her son Olly Broadbridge and Trevor Carson.''Pompey players visiting children in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141179-347) PPP-140417-170359001
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POMPEY players visited children at Queen Alexandra Hospital to spread some Easter joy.

Goalkeeper Trevor Carson and midfielder and team captain Johnny Ertl visited the super-hospital in Cosham, along with Blues legend Alan Knight.

(l-r) Alan Knight, Pascal Rudasingwa (5) and Johnny Ertl. 'Pompey players visiting children in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141179-370) PPP-140417-170432001

(l-r) Alan Knight, Pascal Rudasingwa (5) and Johnny Ertl. 'Pompey players visiting children in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141179-370) PPP-140417-170432001

The players spent time playing with the younger children, and having a chat with the older patients and their families.

They also handed out signed programmes and posed for pictures.

Olly Broadbridge, 18 months old, has been in hospital because food and drink has been entering his lungs.

He gave a big smile as he played with the two players.

His mother Kerry Broadbridge, 33, of Horndean, said: ‘Olly’s dad is a massive Pompey fan, so he will be jealous about this visit.

‘It’s nice to see the footballers take some time out in their day and visit the hospital.’

And 12-year-old Aidan Outen, who was in hospital to be treated for the side effects of chemotherapy, also had a visit.

His mother Emma, 36, of Emsworth, said: ‘The visit was brilliant because it breaks up the day for Aidan – and all the patients in here. It’s something different and nice for the children.’

Players usually only visit at Christmas, but this is something the team is looking to change – having been inspired by Jack Robinson from Denmead, who died recently from a brain tumour.

Trevor said: ‘We want to do hospital visits a lot more than just at Christmas time. With the passing of four-year-old Jack Robinson, it made us all realise we could be doing a lot more to spread some cheer.

‘What’s one or two hours out of our whole day?

‘It’s worth it to hear a child laugh and put a smile on a kid’s face.

‘It’s something we want to do regularly and want to put a structure in place.

‘I have a little girl, and it puts it into context of just how much these children in hospital must be going through.’

QA said it would welcome more visits from Pompey.

Play specialist Tracy Morgan said: ‘Visits like this are a great distraction for the children and gives a bit of normality for them.

‘These children are very poorly and we welcome more visits.’