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10 December 2013

Players and Mick start traditional hospital visits

Mick McCarthy, Aaron Cresswell, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Paul Taylor kicked-off the Club’s Christmas visits to local hospital and hospices this year with a visit to Ipswich Hospital Children’s Ward yesterday. 

The trio joined the Town boss and went to meet the youngsters staying on the Bergholt Ward and their parents, taking gifts, signing autographs and posing for photos with patients and staff. 

After making their way around the ward delivering the presents they had purchased, Mick and the players returned to the playroom where they joined some of the children in pet corner, and met a few fury friends, including a guinea pigs, tortoises and a giant rabbit which Ryan Tunnicliffe enjoyed a cuddle with!

Today saw Luke Chambers, Tommy Smith and Luke Hyam visit St. Elizabeth Hospice to spread some Christmas cheer to patients and staff at the hospice in Ipswich. 

The players, who took individual gifts for each patient and two giant bean-bag beds for the hospice, spent time visiting both hospice residents and day patients including long-term Town fans Basil and Cybil, who have been married for 71 years. 

After having a few photos taken with the players, the couple spoke to the three lads about their memories of watching the team in the Sir Bobby’s Robson era and told them how their son Keith and his wife Cathy carry on with family tradition supporting the Blues as season ticket holders.  

The Club have been working alongside their partners, the East of England Co-op ahead of the visits to purchase gifts with the Co-op generously donating £200 worth of food for the Hospice’s Christmas dinners.  

The second trip of the day was for Cole Skuse, Dean Gerken and Alan Lee who joined Simon Milton in visiting patients at St. Nicholas Hospice in Bury St. Edmunds. 

The three players also took gifts for each patient along with items, including bedding, lamps, cushions and curtains to help improve the hospice’s Florence Cohen Room, where relatives of patients can stay to get much needed rest. To top it off, the East of England Co-op donated a 32” TV & DVD combo to replace the room’s very dated TV.  

On Thursday, players will be visiting the West Suffolk Hospital Children’s Ward and Colchester Hospital Children’s Ward, while next Monday, it will be the  East Anglia Children’s Hospice. 

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