Sheffield footballers spread Christmas cheer far and wide

Sheffield United footballers (l-r) Bob Harris, Neil Collins and Terry Kennedy with Sheffield United fan Theo Singheyley, eight at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield United footballers (l-r) Bob Harris, Neil Collins and Terry Kennedy with Sheffield United fan Theo Singheyley, eight at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Football heroes from Sheffield United helped spread some Christmas cheer to youngsters across the city.

Players and staff visited four organisations as part of a special community day to deliver festive goodies.

Sheffield United's Ben Davies plays table football with Louis Singheyley, 13, at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield United's Ben Davies plays table football with Louis Singheyley, 13, at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Michael Doyle, club captain, said: “As players, we are honoured to come on community visits on behalf of the club.

“We’re privileged as footballers to be recognised and it’s so nice to be able to give something back and put a smile on children’s faces, especially at Christmas time.”

Players stopped off for their annual visit at Sheffield 
Children’s Hospital where they brought smiles to the faces of young patients, some of whom will spend Christmas Day in hospital.

They also visited pupils and staff at Norfolk Park Special Needs School in Sheffield, and called in at Hallam FM in Hillsborough to support its Cash for Kids charity The Star-backed Mission Christmas appeal to give gifts to disadvantaged children.

Sheffield United's Ben Davies hands out gifts and presentes to children at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield United's Ben Davies hands out gifts and presentes to children at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Louise Davies, Cash for Kids charity manager, said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to Sheffield United and their brilliant fans for the donation of Mission Christmas gifts.

“Together we have helped thousands of local children. We couldn’t have done it with their help.”

More youngsters’ festive wishes came true when Blades players visited Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, Rotherham.

As an extra special treat, the football stars took along the FA Cup – which the Football Association allowed them to borrow for the day.

Sheffield United's Ben Davies hands out gifts and presentes to children at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield United's Ben Davies hands out gifts and presentes to children at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Claire Rintoul, chief executive at the hospice which cares for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families, said: “Helping to make memories like this and surrounding people with love and laughter is at the very heart of what we do.

“Everyone was really pleased to meet the players and to see the FA Cup and we’d like to thank Sheffield United for taking the time to visit us.”

Sheffield United players and staff at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield United players and staff at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield United's Terry Kennedy plays table football with Callum Edwards, three, at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield United's Terry Kennedy plays table football with Callum Edwards, three, at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice during a christmas day community visit for the club. Picture: Andrew Roe