Football club gives King’s Lynn hospital patients a reason to smile

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A charity football club brought the magic of Christmas to children staying in hospital over the festive period when it delivered a sack-load of presents.

Young patients on the Rudham Children’s Ward at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital were given a reason to smile when the Macmillan Football Club from Wisbech paid a special festive visit.

Children on Rudham ward and the ?200 donation of toys., by Wisbech Macmillan Football Club ANL-141222-174054009

Children on Rudham ward and the ?200 donation of toys., by Wisbech Macmillan Football Club ANL-141222-174054009

Members of the club donned their Santa hats when they delivered £200 worth of toys and other presents to boys and girls staying on the ward just before Christmas.

Justin Cross, who set up the football club a year ago, said: “It was great to see the children’s face light up. It was fantastic. It’s the first time we’ve done this but we’re hoping to do it every year now.”

Money for the toys was part of a fantastic £5,900 raised by the club through fundraising matches, tournaments and events held last year.

A further £200 was donated to a club player currently battling cancer so he could buy Christmas presents for his children, and £5,500 was donated to Macmillan.

Justin set up the club when his father’s cancer diagnosis prompted him to turn his passion for the game into fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Members paid £5 to join and £100 was raised at the club’s first meeting, and since then it has gone from strength to strength.