NUFC players visit patients in hospital

Nine year old right midfielder who plays for Bedlington Community and NUFC fan Harry Cuthbertson, meets his football idols.

Nine year old right midfielder who plays for Bedlington Community and NUFC fan Harry Cuthbertson, meets his football idols.

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Children being cared for at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital received a surprise visit from players at Newcastle United Football Club.

Members of the Newcastle team, including Siem De Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Lubo Satka and Michael Newberry, visited youngsters being cared for on the Children’s Unit and gave them Christmas gifts. They also visited children being cared for in the new state-of-the-art emergency department.

Six month old Pippa Ivy from North Shields and the NUFC players.

Six month old Pippa Ivy from North Shields and the NUFC players.

The visit is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s programme of festive activities throughout its hospitals during December which aim to spread a little Christmas cheer among patients, families and staff.

Ward manager Carole Clayton said: “Being in hospital at this time of year is difficult, especially for our younger patients, so today has been a real boost for them and greatly enjoyed by our staff too.

“We would like to thank the Newcastle players for taking the time to visit our new Northumbria hospital today and spreading a little Christmas cheer. The visit is one of the highlights of the year and a treat for everyone.”

Midfielder Siem De Jong said: “The players always enjoy this time of year and visiting the local hospitals is something we all look forward to.

“It’s a break from football but far more importantly it’s a chance to meet a lot of children, and their families, who are unfortunate enough to be in hospital at this time of year. We wish them the very best and a speedy recovery to them all.”