Pompey stars visit children in QA Hospital

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HE’S been a Pompey fan for as long as he can remember and was thrilled to see his hospital bed surrounded by the current team.

The entire Portsmouth Football Club squad visited the children’s wards at Queen Alexandra Hospital to spread some festive cheer yesterday.

Elliott Smith meets the Pompey players at QA. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143638-1)

Elliott Smith meets the Pompey players at QA. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143638-1)

Elliott Smith, 19, of Cosham, has a condition which causes tumours to grow on his nerve ends, and as a result was in QA.

But the avid fan always wears a Pompey shirt and was pleased to have a visit from the team.

He said: ‘It’s great they visited as it shows they are a community club and I enjoyed seeing them.

‘I also told them to make sure they get a decent win on Boxing Day and they all score a goal.

22/12/14   ''Portsmouth FC visit the QA Hospital childrens ward. Pictured is Elliott Smith 19''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143638-2) PPP-141222-163649001

22/12/14 ''Portsmouth FC visit the QA Hospital childrens ward. Pictured is Elliott Smith 19''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143638-2) PPP-141222-163649001

Manager Andy Awford, assistant manager Gary Waddock and first team coach Paul Hardyman also saw children who will not be able to make it home for Christmas.

Pompey mascots Nelson and Mary Rose visited too.

Players took the time to speak to the children and their families, as well as sign autographs.

Striker Jed Wallace said: ‘We made our way to QA to see some children who will unfortunately won’t be at home for Christmas.

22/12/14   ''Portsmouth FC visit the QA Hospital childrens ward. Pictured is Ellie-May Freeman 9''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143638-3) PPP-141222-163730001

22/12/14 ''Portsmouth FC visit the QA Hospital childrens ward. Pictured is Ellie-May Freeman 9''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143638-3) PPP-141222-163730001

‘We hope we put a smile on their 
faces.

‘It’s sometimes nice to take a step back and visit people less fortunate that us.’

The squad didn’t arrive empty-handed either. TY, the US-based toy manufacturer which was Pompey’s shirt sponsor between 2002 and 2005, donated 80 toys that were given out by the team.

And the staff weren’t forgotten either as they were given boxes of chocolates.

22/12/14   ''Portsmouth FC visit the QA Hospital childrens ward. Pictured is Ivy Arnall 2''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143638-4) PPP-141222-163804001

22/12/14 ''Portsmouth FC visit the QA Hospital childrens ward. Pictured is Ivy Arnall 2''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143638-4) PPP-141222-163804001

Play specialist Anne Ricketts said: ‘The players at the club are fantastic at visiting paediatrics every Christmas to see the children and their families, and really lift their spirits.

‘The players chatted to the patients, handed out signed items and really made a difference to everyone’s day.’