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Football stars bring cheer to youngsters at Christmas

Premier League stars from AFC Bournemouth called in to meet younger patients at Poole Hospital just before Christmas.

Club captain Simon Francis was joined by first team stars Jermain Defoe, Charlie Daniels, Asmir Begovic, Drew Surman and Marc Pugh as well as assistant manager Jason Tindall and assistant first team coach Steve Fletcher.

The visit was organised by former player Jimmy Glass, player liaison and match day host for the club.

They spent around an hour meeting and greeting children and their families in the playroom and handing out gifts, before touring the rest of the children’s unit to meet other children too unwell to leave their beds.

Simon Francis, AFC Bournemouth club captain, said: “I think the visit is very important and it’s the perfect time of year to come and hopefully cheer a few faces up in and around the hospital.

“It’s become a yearly thing for us to visit Poole Hospital at Christmas, which is such an important time for family, and it’s an opportunity for us to show that we’re all together and united.

“AFC Bournemouth is such a community and family based club so we’re more than happy to come along,” continued the Cherries skipper.         

“This is one of our ways of saying thank you and we want to do our part away from the training ground.  

“It’s great to come here and take our mind off football for an hour or two and to put a smile on people’s faces.”

Katy Bacon, mum of patient Otto, said that the visit brought a smile to all the children’s faces.

“I think it’s very nice, especially for all the young children who have been so happy and smiling,” said Katy.

“Each year the visit by AFC Bournemouth is eagerly anticipated by children and their families, as well as staff,” said Karen Fernley, matron for child health at the hospital.

“They are so generous with their time and make a real effort to get around the whole unit to see as many younger patients as possible.

“Their visit is definitely one of the highlights of the year, and we’re very grateful that they have once again made time in their busy schedule to meet our younger patients.”

Image caption: Amber Olden, age 12, with AFC Bournemouth players Lys Mousset, Jermain Defoe, Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels

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