Christmas Cheer

ARMED with selection boxes and books for all ages, the entire Argyle squad met children and their families at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital on Tuesday.

Visiting the children's wards and children's theatre and recovery unit, the lads signed autographs, stopped off for a chats and posed for photographs with loads of star-stuck youngsters.

"It was a pleasure to visit the hospital this Christmas," said Argyle manager Carl Fletcher.

"The players thoroughly enjoyed meeting the children and their families, as well as the hospital staff.

"I hope that this year our visit bought a little bit of cheer to the children's lives, especially at this time of the year.

"The lads had a whip round to provide some Christmas goodies and the Argyle Superstore packed up all kinds of exciting things for the children to enjoy."

Sue Rodgers, Play Specialist Team Leader said: "The wards appreciate Plymouth Argyle thinking of us at this time of the year, especially as any time in hospital can be difficult and at Christmas it can feel harder as the children are missing activities and parties at home and school.

"The Play Team always tries to provide a positive experience for children and their families when they come into hospital.
"We aim to create a Christmas atmosphere with activities and entertainment and receiving this donation will help us to achieve this."

A special thanks must go to Target Travel for providing the team coach and giving a special lift to Santa; to Jill at the Bookshelf in Saltash who helped source the books and also to Rhian at Morrisons, Outland Road, Plymouth who helped organise the chocolate selection boxes.