Nottingham Forest players and head coach Philippe Montanier spread some Christmas cheer when they visited the Queen’s Medical Centre yesterday.
Gifts were handed out to children and their families who are spending the festive period at hospital through injury or illness, and the appearance of the players put a smile back on their faces.
Eric Lichaj, Britt Assombalonga, Ben Osborn, Danny Fox, Matt Mills, Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan were all on hand to visit the patients in the children’s ward at the Nottingham hospital.
Philippe said: “It is important as it is not easy to be here during Christmas, especially for the children and it is a good opportunity to support them and give them some presents for Christmas.
“I hope we brought some smiles to the children. A lot of them have admiration for the players and it is good for us to share a good time with the children.
“My wife is a nurse; I know it is a tough job especially during this period. For that reason, it is important to come in and support the staff as well.”
The players toured the children’s ward, speaking to patients, their families as well as the hospital staff who look after those receiving treatment.
Britt added: “It is a good experience for us and for the kids; we want to try and bring Christmas to them as a lot won’t be spending Christmas in their own environments and for us to see them puts a smile on my face and I hope I can put one on their face too.
“Being a father you want to try and give back to the children, you feel as a parent how much your child means to you. At this time of year, you know it is one of the best times of the year, so to give them presents and make them feel happy will give them something to remember.”
Nottingham Forest would like to thank the supporters for their generous contributions following the auction to raise money to purchase toys and gifts, and also thank club partner John Pye Auctions.