On Tuesday 18th December Manager Chris Powell and the Southend United first-team made the annual visit to Southend Hospital to spread some Christmas cheer at this tough time of year for those who are in the hospital...
Blues visited both the neptune children’s ward and the dementia ward to make sure they did leave anyone out of their tour of the hospital.
Blues Manager Chris Powell had this to say on the visit.
“It was very humbling and any little thing we can do as a club to help is great, this is part of our community and it is something that I love us to be involved in.
"It helps us to show the people that we understand and we care, we have had an eventful time today and we have met a lot of people that and fans of the club and some that are not.
"It was great for both player and staff to spend some time with them.”
The first-team man squad handed out goodie bags filled with SUFC gifts and signed shirts.
Elise Fleetwood, Events & Corporate Relations Manager for Southend Hospital Charity, said: “There’s always an air of excitement when Southend United players take extra time out to visit the hospital and this year was no exception as they scored yet another success, with winning smiles and spreading cheer to patients old and young alike.”
They also took the time to sit down and speak to patients to talk about their time in the hospital and how they are getting on.
Southend United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop said this about his time at the hospital.
“I think it's massively important to visit the hospital at this time of year and spread some positivity, I feel like as a footballer especially the kids look up to you because they love their football and if we can spread positivity through football that’s a bonus!”