Spirits high after City hospital visit
- Wed 12 Dec 2012, 6:13PM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
City players left derby disappointment behind and brought a dose of Christmas cheer to sick children at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Squad members arrived at various wards for the surprise visit which is eagerly anticipated each year.
“It was a great day and it’s only two hours of our time, it’s nothing compared to what the parents and the kids go through,” said Gael Clichy.
“I have a new baby and it just makes you realise that life is not always about work or how much you earn, it’s about being happy and having healthy kids.
“Everyone was very happy and meeting football players can sometimes help kids and put a smile on their faces.
“To come to the hospital was amazing and hopefully everyone can have a great Christmas.”
David Cain, Director of Regeneration and Charities at the hospital said: “This means so much to the kids, the look of delight on their faces, the whole family atmosphere created, it has started our Christmas celebrations early – it’s fantastic!”
“To see the players and for them to give up their time and to see our patients’ reaction is just wonderful.
“These sorts of things, for very big names in football to come here at Christmas, is something that we cherish.”