The Cheltenham Town players took time out to visit the children of Gloucester Royal Hospital this week.Cheltenham Town made the annual visit to Gloucester Royal Hospital's Children's Centre this week ahead of Christmas.
The children's ward visit has become an annual must for the Robins with the players enjoying themselves as much as the children but, at the same time, the visit always provides a sobering experience.
David Noble, Jason Taylor, Joe Hanks, Matt Richards, Terry Gornell, Connor Roberts and Sam Deering all took time out to visit the children and hand out presents as Christmas approaches. Amongst the presents handed out were music CDs, chocolate, CTFC teddy bears, sweets, DVDs, baby toys and CTFC stickers!
The players were joined by Clive and Louise Gowing of the Robins Trust and our thanks go to the Trust for helping to organise the visit and supplying the toys for the children.
"The hospital visit is something we would never fail to try and do," said Media & Communications officer James Brown.
"Every year the players jump at the chance to visit the children and if they can bring at least one smile to a face this Christmas then it's mission accomplished. As a club we always try to give something back into the community and this has got to be one of our highlights of the year - the players were a real credit to the club.
"I also want to thank the Robins Trust and especially Clive and Louise Gowing for their help in organising the event and the presents. The Trust is fantastic at this kind of thing and I would urge anyone reading this to enquire about how to get involved with the Trust."
We would also like to thanks the nurses, parents and children of Gloucester Royal Children's Centre who made us feel welcome as ever and even gave us a Christmas card which is now pride of place here at the Abbey Business Stadium.