Eagles boost patients in surprise visit

Newcastle Eagles players with staff at the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Newcastle Eagles players with staff at the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

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Players from the region’s most successful sports team helped bring some Christmas joy to youngsters facing the festive period in hospital.

Coaches and players from the Newcastle Eagles basketball team made a surprise visit to the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Newcastle Eagles players with one of the young patients at the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Newcastle Eagles players with one of the young patients at the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

They arrived bearing gifts which proved to be very popular with the children on the Ward and spent time at the youngster’s bedsides and talking to staff on the Unit.

Eagles player Andy Thomson said: “It’s always an honour to be able to bring a smile to the children that we meet on the Ward and to be able to bring them presents especially at this time of year.

“I’m always really interested to hear about the work of the staff on the Unit and glad that as a Club we can support their efforts.”

CHUF head of fundraising, Chris Gray said: “It can be tough for patients, particularly at this time of year. But the guys from the Eagles are naturals with the patients.

“CHUF has developed a long lasting relationship with the team and you can tell they genuinely care about the wellbeing of the patients, and warmly appreciative of everything the ward staff achieves.

“It’s the highlight of the year to have them on the ward at Christmas.”