The players handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, to go towards the Out to Play Christmas appeal.BCFC
As part of the Club’s ongoing community engagement programme – and our traditional Christmas visits - six players took time out to meet youngsters on the wards and out patients.
Sam Gallagher, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Marc Roberts, Harlee Dean, David Davis and Tomasz Kuszczak distributed Blues goody bags and presents.
And the players handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, to go towards the Out to Play Christmas appeal.
The Hospital’s outdoor play area is desperately in need of renovation and the aim is to transform the facility.
More than 90,000 children and young people, plus their siblings, visit the Hospital every year and the playground provides fresh air, exercise and somewhere to relax in a non-threatening environment.
No5 Barristers Chambers accompanied the players and gave out presents too.
And their Chief Executive and Director of Clerking, Tony McDaid, donated a cheque of more than £3,300 to the Hospital Charity.
It was part of No5 Barristers Chambers #GetShirty campaign, whereby they gifted their back of the shirt sponsorship for the Wolves game to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Blues midfielder Davis commented: “We enjoyed our visit and the reception we got from kids, their parents and staff was humbling.
“It’s important, not least at this time of year, to try and do something that hopefully will put a few smiles on faces.
“The Club and the players were delighted to also lend out support to the Out to Play Chistmas appeal.”
Striker Gallagher added: “Days like this are nice for everyone involved in it, nice for us, nice for the kids, the families.
“It’s sometimes so hard for mums or dads and their children - and you can see how much it means to the staff because they can see how much it brightens up the kids.
“It’s always humbling to do things like that, it brings everything into perspective a little bit.”
Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “Thank you so much to the Birmingham City Football Club and No5 Chambers for bringing Christmas cheer to our wards and departments.
"It was lovely that they gave so much time to the children during their visit, taking their time to chat, have pictures taken and give the presents they brought with them to our sick children.
"It really did lift spirits and spread a magical buzz around the hospital – so thank you.”