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Blues Give a Gift - Part One

Posted: Tue 10 Dec 2013
Author: Rachel Williams

Members of the Blues squad helped spread some Christmas cheer with a visit to Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice.

Having built up a close relationship with the Selly Park-based centre over the last two years, this was the first visit of this season's Blues Give a Gift campaign.

During the early part of the afternoon the players took part in a craft session in the day hospice making personalised baubles to decorate Christmas trees. The group then took time out to hand over a selection of presents to all the patients in the day and in-patients areas to make their stay at the hospice more comfortable. Blues-supporting patients had the added bonus of being presented with signed shirts. 

The visit rounded off nicely with teas, coffees and cakes in the canteen with all of the hardworking hospice staff and nurses.

The individual hospice gifts were carefully selected and paid for by the first-team players themselves. They also dished out gifts for the wards such as games consoles, DVD players and Kindles which were paid for with funds donated by several local companies, including Quilter Cheviot and The Lilly Mae Foundation who each donated £1000 towards the campaign.

The St. Mary’s Hospice visit is the first of three as part of this year's Blues Give a Gift campaign with more Blues players set to take a trip to the children’s wards at Heartland’s Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital next week.

You can check out a selection of images, courtesy of club photographer Roy Smiljanic, from the visit to Birmingham St. Mary's Hospice above and stay tuned to this week's Blues Focus on the club's official YouTube channel for a video round-up from the day.

The gifts for each trip were kindly prepared during a mammoth wrapping session at St. Andrew's by Blues staff, fans and commercial partners, read more about that event here.