Football players hand out presents to sick children at Lewisham hospital to spread Christmas cheer

Millwall players with Lewisham Hospital staff. Pic: Millwall FC

Millwall players spread Christmas cheer to sick children this week, surprising youngsters at Lewisham Hospital with presents, kick-abouts and advent calendars.

On Tuesday, eight of the club’s players including Jed Wallace, Jordan Archer, Shaun Hutchinson and Tony Craig, the latter two of whom have are parents themselves, surprised youngsters, their families and staff at the children’s wards and A&E.

Millwall players surprise children in Lewisham Hospital. Pic: Millwall FC

Team mascots, Zampa and Bolina also showed up to supply further entertainment for the young patients, handing out Millwall themed advent calendars and posing for humorous photos.

The football team uploaded a video onto their website, capturing the special moments and many smiles the players bought to the children. Defender Jake Cooper said: “It’s great to come see the kids for Christmas and for us to give them a few gifts and send them our best wishes.”

Patients enjoy Millwall FC advent calendar with players. Pic: Millwall FC

Another defender Conor McLaughlin said: “It’s important for us as footballers to give back to the community and hopefully if we can put a smile on the kids faces for a day, it’s important to them and it’s important to us.”

Lewisham Hospital tweeted their gratitude: “A HUGE thank you @MillwallFC for visiting us at UHL today”.


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