Aidy White, Sam Winnall, Conor Hourihane, Angus MacDonald and Josh Scowen meet parent Garry Devennie.

The Hospital’s Children’s Ward welcomed members and staff of local Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley FC on Friday 23 December.

A select amount of the squad delivered Christmas gifts to help spread a little Christmas cheer to those who may be unfortunate enough to spend their festive period in hospital.

Having organised the donation of toys, the players took time to walk around the hospital wards and meet with patients, parents and on-duty nursing staff.

Chief Executive Diane Wake said: We really appreciate the visit from those connected with Barnsley Football Club. They are role models to a lot of people across the region and have put smiles on many faces this Christmas by visiting at what can be a tough time for the youngsters. It’s terrific to receive support like this from the players who are of course very well thought of in this area and we wish them well.”

During the visit the players also met with the Barnsley Hospital Charity team who gave an update on the Tiny Hearts Appeal. Barnsley Football Club is fully behind the campaign which aims to raise £1 million to help support the relocation and development of a brand new Special Care Baby Unit at the hospital. All money raised for the Tiny Hearts Appeal will be used to ensure the unit supports the needs of the most vulnerable babies and their families. The new unit will create a warm and welcoming environment which is incredibly important at what is often a very stressful and traumatic time for families.

For more information on the Barnsley Hospital Charity Tiny Hearts Appeal, please click here. You can donate to the Appeal by texting Tiny17 plus your donation amount to 70070.