Lancashire squad visit Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to help spread festive cheer
Players, coaches and staff from Lancashire Cricket Club visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Wednesday to help spread some Christmas joy as they dropped off presents for children.
The Lancashire squad took time out of their busy winter training schedule to visit patients and parents on each of the hospital's wards and hand out some early Christmas gifts that were kindly donated by the Stretford branch of Tesco.
Lancashire Coach Chris Benbow said, “It’s a visit that the players and coaches look forward to every year because it’s important to give something back to those in a less fortunate position than us.
“I have nothing but respect for the kids, parents and all the staff that work at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and hopefully we’ve put a few smiles on their faces this afternoon.”
Steven Croft added, “This is the third time we’ve visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and every year, I’m blown away by the spirit and bravery of not only the kids, but also the incredibly hard-working staff that work there.
“Coming to places like this means a lot to us and we’re very proud to play our part in the local community. As a cricketer, we’re in a privileged position and hopefully we’ve spread some Christmas spirit at a difficult time of the year for the kids and their families today.”
Sarah Naismith, Head of Charities at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity commented: “We were delighted to welcome the cricketers to our hospital to meet some of our young patients and help spread some festive cheer.
“Unfortunately there will be many children who will be spending the Christmas period in hospital, so visits like this really do make a huge difference in brightening their day.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to Lancashire Cricket for taking time out of their busy schedules and thinking of us at this time of the year.”