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Players pop in to give patients Christmas surprise

  • 14 December 2011 18:04
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

City players were back in town today on a special mission - to bring their own brand of Christmas cheer to patients at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Everybody wanted to chat about the fancy dress costumes they had sported the night before, but Roberto Mancini's men made sure the children were the stars of this show.

The Club enjoys a special relationship with the Royal Manchester, one of CityGiving's chosen charities and the biggest children's hospital in the UK with 371 beds.

City and its supporters donated £500,000 to the New Children’s Hospital Appeal, set up to fund projects to enhance the newly-built facility which opened in June, 2009.

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Joe Hart, one of the Blues stars who guested at the opening of a City-funded play area in 2010, was back with team-mates to hand out presents and chat to patients and parents.

Joleon Lescott, who toured the wards with Micah Richards, said: "We're very happy to be able to come in and do this. Just seeing the kids' faces light up is more than enough reward."

Matron Joanne Martin said: "It's great to see how cheered up people are to see the players, it takes their minds off the surgery and what is happening. They've been fantastic."

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Walter Tann, lead nurse in surgical specialities, said: "We kept the visit under wraps so I think it's been a nice surprise. I don't think the players realise the amount of pleasure they bring with a visit like this.

"For them to take a few hours out of a busy schedule means such a lot. It makes a real difference to their day for patients and parents."

Other City stars including Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Mario Balotelli, David Silva, skipper Vincent Kompany and the Toure brothers made sure nobody missed out on a gift.

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