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Members of AFC Bournemouth thrilled some of our younger patients this week when they dropped in to the children’s unit for their annual Christmas visit.

Club captain Simon Francis, Callum Wilson and Nathan Ake were among those to brighten up the day for patients on Monday (18 December) afternoon.

AFC Bournemouth Christmas visit 2018They spent around an hour meeting children and their families, signing autographs and handing out presents.

Striker Callum Wilson, who scored on his England national squad debut earlier this year, described the visit as ‘massive’ for the team.

AFC Bournemouth Christmas visit 2018 callum wilson“Many of us have children of our own so we completely understand what the parents are going through when their child is unwell,” said Callum.

“The visit is massive for the club - it feels great to put smiles on the faces of the children at Christmas and to give them gifts to help boost their recovery.

“This is my third year here and even though the patients and staff may be different the principle is always the same.”

Toni Hansford, mother of six-month-old Freddie, said: “It was quite a shock that they were here but it was very exciting.

“I think it’s very good that the players come down and it makes the children’s day – especially at Christmas.”

AFC Bournemouth Christmas visit 2018Sister Alison Green added: “We love having the players here.

“The atmosphere is electric and there’s a nice little buzz in the morning before they arrive.

“It’s a great day in the calendar for both patients and staff and you can feel the vibe going through the unit and the entire hospital.”

Gully’s Place, our end of live care unit for children and their families, as well as younger patients with complex needs, was named one of the team’s charities of the year in the summer.

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