Eagles swoop to visit hospital’s youngsters

Matthew Miller, from Hadrian Park, and Samuel Brown, from Cullercoats, with Newcastle Eagles players Charles Smith, Ricky Taylor, Fabulous Flournoy and Rahmon Fletcher at North Tyneside hospital.
Matthew Miller, from Hadrian Park, and Samuel Brown, from Cullercoats, with Newcastle Eagles players Charles Smith, Ricky Taylor, Fabulous Flournoy and Rahmon Fletcher at North Tyneside hospital.

Youngsters in a borough hospital were bouncing after a visit from basketball players.

Stars from the Newcastle Eagles visited the children’s ward at North Tyneside General Hospital, taking along giant foam hands.

Players Fabulous Flournoy, Charles Smith, Rahmon Fletcher and Ricky Taylor met young patients and their families and showed them the British Basketball League (BBL) trophy they won last season.

The visit was part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s partnership with the club to deliver its ‘Hoops for Health’ community programme.

Carole Clayton, ward manager, said: “It was fantastic to welcome the players to the ward and for the young patients to experience a flavour of a basketball match.

“The youngsters were so pleased to see them and we are so grateful that the players took the time to come to visit us so close to their opening game of the season.”

Fabulous Flournoy, player coach at Newcastle Eagles, said: “We were only too pleased to come into the hospital to see the young patients.”

“We hope to continue to work together this coming season to provide even more opportunities for us to engage with our communities.”