Players and Staff bring some Christmas cheer
Shrewsbury Town players and staff visited the Princess Royal Hospital’s Children’s Ward on Tuesday (19th December) as part of Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s Christmas events.
Town Boss Paul Hurst was joined by Captain Abu Ogogo, Club Captain Mat Sadler and Winger Alex Rodman for the visit.
Hurst and the players gave out presents and brought some festive cheer to the children who are currently undergoing treatment at this time of year.
Mat Sadler, who has a young child of his own, was pleased to be able to put a smile on some young children’s faces.
"It's a real, real privilege”, said Sadler.
“Someone was telling me about the reaction of the children, being in amazement when we leave the room. You can't appreciate enough that you can have given that reaction.
"It's your worst nightmare moments when you're in hospital as a parent. I saw a 17-month-old that looks as vulnerable as they come. God willing most we've seen will be going home with their family.”
The community visited a number of different venues yesterday as they looked to bring some cheer at what can be a difficult time for some people and Paul believes it’s nice to give something back.
“You see different ages from newborns to I think 13 or 14 year olds”, said Paul.
“As much as they don't want to be here, thankfully the ones we saw are going to get home for Christmas.
"Speaking to the staff I got the impression that we'd really cheered two of the boys up, so it's nice to be able to give something back.
"One boy we spoke to plays wheelchair football for Shrewsbury Town, which is fantastic, he had a little Lenny the Lion already.
"As my children are getting older, you still look forward to it but it loses a bit of the magic, so you want to cherish every Christmas.”