Young football fans at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice enjoyed a special visit from three Sheffield Wednesday players.
Huge Owls fan Luke Taylor was among those who met the footballers and was delighted when Chris Maguire promised to score a goal on his behalf.
Striker Chris said: “I have promised Luke a goal and let’s hope that happens again soon – I’ll think of Bluebell Wood and Luke when I do. It’s so nice to come here and see everyone, to give something back to the community.”
Luke, aged 19, said: “It was very good to meet them. He is going to score a goal for me and I am going to go and watch a game.”
Chris was joined at the North Anston-based hospice by fellow players Jose Semedo and Liam Palmer.
The team-mates spent time chatting with both the youngsters staying in the hospice and their families, as well as signing autographs.
Bluebell Wood is one of Sheffield Wednesday FC’s charity partners and the club has carried out various fundraising initiatives over the last few years including bucket collections, a car parking scheme and Wednesday fans completing a cycle ride.
Liam said: “It was great to see everyone smiling and positive, it’s such a happy place and lovely to meet children and families who come to Bluebell Wood.”
Jose added: “It’s a really special place and I get a sense of what it really means to everyone. We want to be able to make people happy but they also make us happy too.”
Tina Vickers, mum to Kyle and James, who both attend Bluebell Wood, said: “It is great to have opportunities like this for the kids. It’s a great atmosphere.”
Joasia Lesniak, corporate fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said it was fantastic to welcome the players to the hospice.
“It was a really special day for our children and their families,” she said.
“We’re thrilled to have the continued support of Sheffield Wednesday in their fundraising initiatives, which are vital to help us to continue to offer our services to local children with a shortened life expectancy, and we’re really excited to continue working with them in the future.”