barnsleyfcvisitBarnsley Football Club visited the Hospital on Thursday 18 December, bringing with them a bounty of presents and gifts for the patients on the Children’s Ward.

Reds’ captain, Martin Cranie, organised a money collection amongst the 23-man squad which was then used to buy festive treats for the ill youngsters. The players also visited a number of adult wards, taking time to speak to patients and on-duty staff.

Diane Wake, Barnsley Hospital’s Chief Executive said: “It was fantastic to have the players pay a visit and spread a little festive joy.  We’re really grateful to the club for all the gifts they gave and for taking the time to speak to our patients and staff, and wish them a merry Christmas.”

During their visit, some of the squad also visited the Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) to speak to parents of premature and sick babies and show their support to the Tiny Hearts appeal. The charity campaign aims to raise £1 million over the next two years to help fund a brand new SCBU.

Martin Cranie said: “The visit today has been an emotional but enjoyable experience, and it’s been great to be out in the community and meet with local people. On behalf of the players, the management team and everyone at Barnsley Football Club, we wish patients, their families and the staff at Barnsley Hospital a very happy Christmas.”