Arsenal players bring festive fun to children at Christmas

16 Dec 2015

Arsenal players paid their annual festive visit to children at the Whittington Health on Friday afternoon to spread some seasonal fun.

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Arsenal players paid their annual festive visit to children at the Whittington Health on Friday afternoon to spread some seasonal fun.

The Club has a long-standing tradition of bringing some Christmas cheer to the north London hospital, and this year Captain, Mikel Arteta, and goalkeeper, David Ospina, were at the helm – handing out presents and meeting some of the young patients and their parents on the children’s ward.

The players, who brought a range of Arsenal branded goodies as well as board games and signed merchandise, met a number of young fans who were brought to tears at meeting their idols in person.

Majella Travers, Matron for the acute paediatrics ward, said: “We are hugely grateful to the players for taking the time to visit the children at this special time of year. There was a lot of excitement on the ward and it was lovely to see the look on some our younger patients’ faces – and even some of the parents’ faces too – as they got to meet their heroes in the flesh. Christmas is a special time of year, but for our younger patients it can be very difficult to spend that time unwell and in hospital, that’s why visits like this are so important, and I’d like to thank the club and the players for their generosity.”

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