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Premier League champions make young patients' day

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Hospital patients in the East Midlands had the chance to meet their heroes from Premier League champions Leicester City when players took time out from their busy fixture list to visit last week.

Young patients also got to meet England’s most successful rugby union club, Leicester Tigers, who visited them in the same week as well.

“It’s very important for the club to do things like this”

Wes Morgan

The Foxes sent their whole first-team squad to visit the Leicester Royal Infirmary, on Thursday 15 December, where they were guided around by staff introducing them to patients on two tours.

The City football team handed out presents to children on the wards, signing autographs, handing out cards and having their photos taken with both youngsters and their families.

The first tour saw the likes of striker Jamie Vardy and team captain Wes Morgan shown around the children’s intensive care unit and children’s wards 12, 27 and 28.

A second group, which included team mascot Filbert the Fox and the Premier League trophy itself, visited children’s wards 19, 10, 11 and the children’s assessment unit.

“This year the excitement was at fever pitch”

Sanjiv Nichani

The tours finished in children’s outpatients, an area recently refurbished by the LCFC Foxes Foundation, a charity link between the club and Leicester Hospitals Charity.

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan, said: “Every year we visit the hospital to see the kids and give out some presents and hopefully putting some smiles on their faces.

“We understand we’re in a privileged position, so if we can give something back to the less fortunate, then that’s great,” he said. “It’s very important for the club to do things like this.

He added: “Leicester City represents the whole city. If there’s anything we can do to give back, then I think it is important that we do that.”

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Premier League champions make young patients’ day

Meanwhile, the Leicester Tigers went to both the trust’s Royal and Glenfield Hospitals on Wednesday 14 December, visiting the children’s gym where they played games with children well enough to do so.

Leicester Tiger’s scrum half Sam Harrison said: “I’ve got two girls myself, aged three and 18-months, who were both born here at the Infirmary so I realise how important the work all the staff do here is.

“Coming along to meet everyone before Christmas is something a bit different for us and we realise how much it means to people,” he said.

Dr Sanjiv Nichani, consultant paediatrician at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “The annual Christmas visit to Leicester Children’s Hospital by our local sports teams is always eagerly awaited by children and their families.

“This year the excitement was at fever pitch because Leicester City are the current Premier League Champions and Riyad Mahrez has just been named the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year, whilst Jamie Vardy [was shortlisted] for the BBC’s sports personality of the year,” he added.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Premier League champions make young patients’ day

Yaya with Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Premier League champions make young patients’ day

Michele Rizzo and Luke Hamilton of Leicester Tigers meet a young patient

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Premier League champions make young patients’ day

Mike Fitzgerald and Luke Hamilton of Leicester Tigers meet another young patient

 

 

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