Players from Walsall Football Club will no doubt go into extra time when they visit Walsall Manor Hospital later this month to spread some seasonal cheer among patients.
Members of the Saddlers’ first team squad will once again be visiting young patients on Ward 21 Paediatric Assessment Unit as well as older patients, accompanied by manager Jon Whitney. Their visit will take place on Thursday 14 December at around 2.15pm.
The sporting heroes always visit the children’s ward but proved a real hit when they spent time with older people last year, enjoying some banter and taking patients on a trip down memory lane.
Walsall Captain Adam Chambers said: “Our annual visit to Walsall Manor Hospital is a really important date in our diary and we’ve traditionally visited the children’s ward to bring them presents that have been collected by the Walsall Football Supporters Trust. But last year we also visited elderly patients after hearing from Walsall Healthcare’s Older People’s Mental Health Team about how much this would cheer them up.
“We had a real laugh with some of them and it was a great afternoon. It’s important to us as a local club to maintain these important links with our communities.”
Georgie Westley, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Fundraising Manager, said: “Our patients love seeing the Walsall FC players and we’re really looking forward to welcoming them again this year.
“This year the team is also treating us to a carol by the Christmas Tree in the atrium at around 4pm.”