Nottingham Children’s Hospital received a special visit from the Notts County players and backroom staff on Thursday afternoon, as part of the club’s annual selection box appeal.
Magpies’ supporters once again donated generously to the cause by contributing a wide range of toys, money and, of course, selection boxes.
First team manager Shaun Derry, assistant manager Greg Abbott, chief executive Jim Rodwell and first team players Dean Leacock, Gary Liddle, Bartosz Bialkowski, Alan Sheehan, David Bell and Manny Smith all stopped off to hand out the gifts to the children unfortunate enough to be in hospital over the Christmas period.
The group also spent time chatting with the patients and their families in various wards throughout the Queen's Medical Centre.
“I’ve got to say that it’s been a fantastic effort from our fans with all of the gifts donated for our visit to the Nottingham Children’s Hospital,” said Derry.
“We were proud to deliver the presents on their behalf, because they have done this club proud.
“It’s great that we can come together at this time of year to give something back and pay tribute to the staff on the wards that do such a fantastic job.”
The club's annual visits to Nottingham Children's Hospital have taken place every Easter and Christmas since 2005, having been started by thoughtful Notts fan Rob Bristol, who remains a big part of the appeals to this day.
Rob added: “It goes without saying that the generosity, shown by the club, directors, officials and supporters has once again gone a long way in making the sick children in the various wards of Nottingham's QMC hospital, that little better.
“On behalf of myself, the children and parents, and the hard working staff at the QMC, I thank you all from the heart for your wonderful efforts in making this a success."
Thanks to everyone that donated and look out for the Easter appeal in 2014!