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Blues Give a Gift

Posted: Thu 20 Dec 2012
Author: Andy Walker

Blues’ first-team squad played the role of Santa on Wednesday by handing out thousands of pounds worth of presents to youngsters on the wards of Heartlands Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The annual Blues Give a Gift campaign aims to bring some Christmas cheer to those folk unfortunate enough to be spending the festive period in hospital.

As well as toys for all the children in wards 14, 15 and 16 at Heartlands Hospital and wards 5, 10, medical daycare and surgical daycare in Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the club handed out presents to all the playrooms. These gifts included Xboxes, games, DVDs, play kitchens, board games and craft supplies.

The club, first-team players and several local businesses all chipped in to purchase the mountain of gifts which were distributed. Representatives from John Lewis Solihull and bespoke investment management firm Quilter were also on hand to kindly assist with the handing out.

This followed a mammoth present wrapping session with a squad of volunteers at St. Andrew’s last week.

Blues boss Lee Clark said: “The annual Christmas hospital visits are always an important date in the club’s calendar. It was a humbling experience for my playing squad and all of the gifts were well received by the nurses and young patients at our local hospitals.

“We know that giving up our time and money is only a small gesture but we hope that these visits have helped to bring smiles to those youngsters unfortunate enough to be spending this time of year in hospital.”

The club would like to give special thanks to John Lewis Solihull, Quilter, Paul Duffy from Service Birmingham, All 4 One T-Shirt Printing and the staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Heartlands Hospital for all their kind assistance with this year’s Blues Give a Gift campaign.

Merry Christmas!