The event was part of the club's annual visit to the Rainbow Ward.
- Seven of Paul Cook's players visited the hospital this afternoon.
- Jamie Jones: "The smiles on the children's faces were incredible."
- Pat Barnes, Play Specialist on the Rainbow Ward: "The players were a real credit to the club."
Seven of the club’s players helped to bring Christmas joy to the lives of over 20 children on the Rainbow Ward at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary this afternoon.
The players, who funded the presents themselves, were warmly welcomed by patients, parents and staff on the children’s ward, with Nick Powell, Nathan Byrne, Jamie Jones, Gary Roberts, Callum Elder, Noel Hunt and Luke Burgess in attendance.
Jamie said: “Meeting the children and their parents was lovely and it was an honour to be able to go along today at such an important time of the year for everyone. The smiles on their faces when they met us were incredible and those are the types of moments you never forget.
He added: “We decided to pay for the presents as a team because we all wanted to bring some joy to their lives. It’s only a small gesture but one we hope will bring them happiness.”
Pat Barnes, Play Specialist on the ward and a life-long Latics supporter, said: “To have the players join us was absolutely fantastic – they were a great bunch of lads and were so kind. The atmosphere on the ward was amazing and the children were so happy.
She added: “The ward is a really happy place to be at this time of year and the players were a real credit to the club for the way they interacted with the children. We thank them for coming along because visits like this really do make a difference to so many of our patients’ lives.”