Patients of all ages cheered up a treat when Walsall Football Club stars popped into the Manor Hospital to deliver presents, have a laugh and a joke – and even show off some smooth dance moves!
Accompanied by manager Dean Keates and Captain Adam Chambers, the Saddlers’ first team squad visited Ward 21 Paediatric Assessment Unit and the modular block.
On Ward 21 they handed out presents to young patients including ten-year-old Joe Healey who had had a minor operation.
He said: “I really like football and it was good to see them. I got a present!”
Samantha Betts’ four-year-old son Kaiden had a present too and she said: “I think it’s great they take the time to visit the hospital. Kaiden wanted all the presents though I think.”
“It was a real shock to see the team – I didn’t know anything about it,” said Sami Zubair, eight.
Just as popular was club mascot Swifty. Six year-old Megan Mai Glenn, who’d had her tonsils out, said: “I like him he’s funny!”
On Ward 2 the players were given a warm reception from many patients who had either supported Walsall for many years or who were keen to have their photos taken with their local heroes. And on Ward 4 some found themselves having a dance to Peggy Sue – thanks to encouragement from patients well into their 90s who showed they still had rhythm.
Midfielder Liam Kinsella said: “It was nice to visit the elderly at the hospital.
“As soon as we walked into the room you could see the smiles on their faces and I think they enjoyed us visiting as much as we enjoyed visiting them.
“It was nice to listen to the stories that everyone was telling us. I have really enjoyed it.”
Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley added: “As soon as the team arrived there was a real buzz in the hospital. This annual visit is always really popular with patients – and our staff – and we appreciate the team taking the time to do so.
“It really does make our patients’ day.”