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Dig deep for St Mary's Hospice

Posted: Fri 23 Aug 2013
Author: Rachel Williams

Blues duo Hayden Mullins and Darren Ambrose took time out of their day recently to pay a visit to Birmingham St Mary's Hospice.

Ahead of the charity's matchday bucket collection at St. Andrew's for the visit of Ipswich Town next Saturday, the pair took part in one of the day hospice's regular creative sessions which provide patients, who attend on a weekly basis, with a chance to take their minds off their worries through art and craft. The hospice’s official shirts were decorated by both the patients and players and will be used at a later date to raise funds. 

Mullins and Ambrose were also taken on a tour by the staff on site to meet patients staying on the wards, stopping for photos and signing autographs. You can check out a selection of photos from the visit above.

Mullins said: “We really enjoyed our afternoon at St Mary's Hospice. All of the staff and patients were very friendly and everybody made us feel very welcome. We are delighted to be supporting them again this season.” 

Day hospice patient Gillian Waldron added: "It was fantastic to meet Darren and Hayden. I've always been a Blues supporter, as are my sons and grandsons, and I used to belong to a Blues supporter club before I became ill, so it means a lot to me for them to come to the hospice.

"It's wonderful that Darren and Hayden were able to learn what a special place the hospice is. It's not all doom and gloom, we all really enjoy coming here."

Be sure to keep a look out for the Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice collectors located around the stadium at the Ipswich game and dig deep for such a worthy cause. A stall will be set up in the Kop car park where you can purchase hand crafted items handmade by patients during their arts sessions.
To find out more about the charity visit:, follow them on twitter at: @brumshospice or like their Facebook page searching for 'Birmingham St Mary's Hospice'.