Players Bring Festive Cheer to Children’s Wards

Dan Mugford of Plymouth Albion, Sam Daly of Plymouth Albion, Eoghan Grace of Plymouth Albion, Front row L/R Holly Williams Harrison Levy age 11 and Anita Dykes, Players from   Plymouth Albion Visit young children in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon on December 5, - PHOTO: Sean Hernon/PPAUK

Plymouth Albion took part in a special fixture when they visited the children’s wards at Derriford Hospital.

Sam Daly, Eoghan Grace and Dan Mugford met with patients to deliver Christmas gifts funded by donations from Plymouth Albion’s 200 Club, supporters, staff and directors.

The players also took time to play pool and table football with children in the teenage ward playroom.

11-year-old Harrison Levy, from Plymouth, unwrapped the presents – an XBox One S and a smart TV.

He said: “It’s nice to see the players and the Xbox will be really fun to play with.”

Paediatric matron Anita Dykes was delighted to welcome the Plymouth Albion players. She said: “They have been fantastic interacting with the children and spending time with them.

“I think it makes a huge difference. Days in hospital can be difficult and boring and something that brings a little bit of excitement just makes their day a little bit more special.

“Our teenage ward has lots of young people who need activities and different things to do. The Xbox is something they can look forward to playing with and we can use it as an incentive to get them up and out of bed and on their road to recovery, so it is brilliant.”

Plymouth Albion back row Eoghan Grace said: “It was great to meet the brave children at Derriford hospital today. Hopefully we gave them something to smile about and remember this Christmas. It was personally very rewarding and we hope to make it a more regular event. Thanks to all the staff for being so welcoming; they too deserve recognition and should be very proud of their efforts all year round.”

Albion community manager Steve Pooley said: “It was a real privilege for us to visit the hospital and meet with the staff and children. We are delighted to have been able to provide them with a couple of Christmas gifts to improve their time in hospital and we look forward to building our relationship further.”

The players also delivered toothbrushes and toothpaste donated by local charity Well Connected.