AS is traditional, the players and staff of Plymouth Argyle visited Derriford Hospital on Tuesday to spread a little pre-Christmas cheer.
Some things are more important than football; that is why each year the players contribute money to a gift fund, matched by the club, then used to buy presents for children unfortunate enough to be at Derriford at this poignant time of the year.
Every year it is our pleasure to lighten the faces of kids - and, frankly, the nurses - by handing some gifts, smiles and autographs. We brought Pilgrim Pete, Santa and the Argyle Angels with us, and everyone was touched - as always - by the spirit and bravery of patients and staff at Derriford.
We are also proud to be supporting the Gold Dust Appeal, set up to make children's lives at Derriford better. If you would like to contribute, we are collecting for the appeal at our Carol Concert on Tuesday night, and you can visit www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/golddust
Derek Adams, Argyle Manager, said: “Some of these children can be in over Christmas and for us to come here and bring a wee bit of happiness and excitement as they see their heroes, well, it’s just us putting something back into the community.”
Anita Dykes, Matron for Children’s Services, said: “We love these Christmas visits from the Green Army. They mean so much to our patients, their mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents and our staff too! Big thanks to the Argyle players and backroom team for coming and giving their time and gifts so generously. We wish them all the best for the rest of the season and hope to see them in the same position at the top in May.”