The Amazon Ward at Peterborough City Hospital received a donation of presents for their young patients from Peterborough United Football Club who joined forces with Smyths Toys in Boongate for the festive period.
Each year the ward gets a special visit from the players, mascots and management team, who go around and visit some of the children and hand out presents. However, this year due to Covid-19 the annual visit could not go ahead as planned and so a representative of the team did a socially distanced drop-off of the presents outside the hospital so they could be quarantined for 72 hours before being distributed.
Phil Adlam, Press Officer for Peterborough United said: “Firstly, I want to thank Storm Woodley and everyone at Smyths Toys for their generosity once again, they have been superb throughout the year. In normal circumstances, we would personally deliver the presents with the players and management team on the ward, but unfortunately that is not the case this year.
“However, this year, more than any other year, it was vitally important we explored all options to continue this annual visit. It may be different, but I think we have all got used to changes in 2020. We have been visiting the ward for many years now and it is always nice to see the impact that we make as a football club at this time, we hope that despite the different circumstances, that is still the case this year.”
Zoe Wilkinson, Play Specialist Coordinator at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The donation will help to make the children smile over the festive period, especially during these uncertain times. To be able to present the children with a gift on Christmas Day will make a big difference and the continuous support from Peterborough United and Smyths Toy store is amazing. It may have been different this year, not having the football players come on the ward and deliver the presents themselves but as always the generous donation is very much appreciated.”
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