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9 December 2016

The players have been busy visiting the local hospitals and hospices this week to deliver presents and spend time with patients...

This week has seen the first-team players take time out of their schedules to visit the local hospitals and hospices and deliver presents to the patients.

The players were split into groups as they visited the Children's wards at Ipswich Hospital, Colchester Hospital and West Suffolk Hospital, as well as St Nicholas and St Elizabeth adults Hospice and the  East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH) over the course of the week.

It's always a difficult time to see a loved one in hospital, but even more so during the festive period, so the players provide money to buy presents and food that they can then hand deliver during their visits.

Special thank you must also go to the East of England Co-op, who provided the food items from the money donated by the players.

Manager Mick McCarthy has praised the work of his players and those behind-the-scenes at the Club for arranging these visits.

"It's a humbling experience and something that has become a tradition in football as we  approach Christmas," the boss said.

"Our lads are great with the work they do in the community and if the visits can put a smile on the faces of youngsters at a very difficult time for them and their parents, then everyone wins.

"The work that is put in to arrange the visits is fantastic and it is a humbling experience. It's a great thing to do and I know our lads all enjoy getting involved." 


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Photos via Laura Macleod

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