Players from Bromley’s first team visited the Children’s ward at the Princess Royal University Hospital, both this week and last week, to spread some Christmas cheer.
Thanks to the Bromley Children and Families Forum, the players were able to take Christmas presents to the hospital on both occasions, donating these to children who were recovering from illnesses and operations.
Head of Community Matt Hall accompanied players on the visits, and said: “The sad reality is that some of these children and their families will be spending Christmas in Hospital. Our aim was to spread some Christmas cheer and put smiles on faces. We’ve managed to do just that, building on the already fantastic work that the Doctors, Nurses and Hospital staff have already done to try and help these children have a good Christmas, whether they are in or out of Hospital. The players were touched by some of the stories we heard, as were the families when they met the players, and it was certainly an emotional experience all round.”
First team defender Callum Reynolds added: “Everyone seemed happy to see us and receive the gifts and there were a lot of smiles. That’s what it’s all about – we’re trying to build something in the Community here. We’re fortunate to be in the position we are at this time of year, so it’s a pleasure to be able to make a positive difference to others.”
Sophie Roffe, a Play Specialist on the ward, said: “I would like to take the time to say a tremendous thank you to the entire team and everyone else for taking the time to come to the Princess Royal University Hospital, visiting patients, families and staff here and spread some Christmas cheer! I cannot tell you enough how much this meant to everyone. The fact that you all took time out of your busy schedules at this time of year was more than enough alone, but you all went even further and came in with gifts for the children to make the experience full of even more Christmas magic! From a few days old up to the age of 16 years, the team took the time to visit everyone, having a chat, giving presents, and wishing them all a speedy recovery and a magical Christmas.Thank you all so much for your time and efforts in bringing Christmas cheer and smiles to all on the ward.”
We’d like to thank the team on the Children’s Ward at the Princess Royal University Hospital for being so accommodating, and for their fantastic work all year round. We look forward to working closely with them in the future.