First-team players visit children's wards
ALBION players got into the festive spirit this afternoon when they met young patients at two local hospitals.
Four first-team members - Darren Fletcher, Rickie Lambert, James Morrison and James McClean - visited the children's ward at Sandwell Hospital, while Chris Brunt and Boaz Myhill went to Russells Hall Hospital's children's and neo-natal wards.
Training wear partner FCL donated two Xbox One consoles, with FIFA 16, with the Club presenting toys, bought from Smyths Toy Superstore in Oldbury, and donating a signed football for each hospital as raffle prizes to raise money.
Darren Fletcher spoke about the importance of the festive visits.
"It's important thing for us to do, especially kids who might be in hospital over Christmas," said the skipper.
"It's always important to try and raise their spirits. You see the impact it makes - it does give them a smile.
"And it's not just the children: nurses, doctors, everyone involved in hospitals and healthcare have to work hard over Christmas. They deserve a lot of credit and recognition for that."
Joy Haywood, Sandwell Hospital children's ward manager, spoke of her appreciation.
She said: "I think the whole unit loves the Baggies coming in - it sends a buzz around the place every year.
"The players are great because they sit down and talk to the children and parents. For some of the children it actually gives a bit of a push to get better and get home, just so they can get back to tell their friends
about who they've seen!
"We appreciate the Club's efforts too and our staff really appreciate it too because we have a lot of Albion fans and most of them will be working themselves over the Christmas period."