Face painting Town style as Mick and the players take presents to EACH
Mick McCarthy joined four of his players at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice in Ipswich as the traditional Christmas visits by the Club got underway.
DJ Campbell, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Bradley Orr and Arran Lee-Barrett took presents down for the children, as well as leaving gifts to be used by EACH over the coming year.
The Blues showed off their artistic skills, prompted by the youngsters who took great delight in using Mick and his players as an alternative to paper and did their very own face painting.
The players contributed around £2000 to pay for the presents - with the Club working alongside the East of England Co-op to provide a full range of gifts - and Mick was impressed by the way his players worked with the youngsters.
“I watched our lads and they were fantastic with the youngsters, chatting away and really interacting with them,” the Town boss told the Club website.
“At every club I’ve been, working in the community has been important and it’s clear that is the philosophy here.”
EACH spokesperson Camilla Haycock added: “It’s a very busy time of the year and can also be a very difficult time of year for the families so to have the players visiting is a massive boost for them.
“We had some children who came in especially to meet the players. They are Town fans so it was great for them to see the players and the manager.”
Last season the players took part in 432 hours of visits to various projects and charities to support the local community, well above the average in the Championship.
Lee Martin, Andy Drury, Luke Chambers and Aaron Cresswell went to West Suffolk Hospital Children’s Ward yesterday while visits to St. Nicholas Hospice, St. Elizabeth Hospice, Colchester Hospital Children’s Ward and Ipswich Hospital Children’s Ward are planned for this week.
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