Pompey players make QA Hospital visit

The Pompey players brought some Christmas cheer to the children at Queen Alexandra Hospital yesterday with a visit to the paediatric ward, where they handed out presents and selection boxes Picture: Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust
The Pompey players brought some Christmas cheer to the children at Queen Alexandra Hospital yesterday with a visit to the paediatric ward, where they handed out presents and selection boxes Picture: Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust
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Pompey’s players were full of the Christmas spirit as they visited the Queen Alexandra Hospital today.

Paul Cook and his squad took a break from training to spend the afternoon meeting patients and handing out presents.

Youngsters on the paediatric ward were delighted to meet the likes of Conor Chaplin, Gary Roberts and Christian Burgess.

The players also visited the older person’s ward, where Michael Smith, Liam O’Brien, Kal Naismith and Milan Lalkovic were among those who took part in a game of boccia with patients.

Blues mascot Nelson was also present to deliver selection boxes and soft toys to the youngsters, while adults received a new Pompey shirt.

On Monday, Gareth Evans and Matt Clarke were accompanied by Leam Richardson and Robbie Blake on a visit to Naomi House.

The Sutton Scotney-based hospice cares for children and young people.