Bantams duo Mark Yeates and Billy Clarke visited Ward 2 and Ward 17 of the Bradford Royal Infirmary in Heaton, Bradford - two well-known children’s wards at the hospital - to bring some late festive cheer.
The City stars, who missed out of Sunday’s victory over Notts County through injury, were present to meet a number of ill children on the wards on Monday (29th December) morning, including young Louis Robinson (pictured).
The players visited with the Friends of Bradford City (FoBCFC) and gifts were presented to the children to re-create some festive cheer for the unfortunate youngsters who most likely spent this Christmas tucked up in a hospital bed.
The well known supermarket, ASDA, donated chocolates as part of the childrens’ gifts and many thanks must go to them for their kind act.
As well as the chocolates, the children on both wards were given goody bags made up of several gifts including Friends of Bradford City ‘Take me Home’ scarves, ‘We made history’ DVDs and ‘Road to Wembley’ books which feature a simple interpretation of James Hanson’s rise as a footballer. Many thanks too to Friends of Bradford City for the role they played in the visit.
The visit to the Children’s wards coincided with the funds raised by Bradford City and the supporters for the Hospital’s Charity ahead of the Scunthorpe United home fixture just over a week ago which saw 1,300+ fans donate at least £1.00 each to wear their Christmas jumper at the game, duly giving them a chance of winning a free season ticket for the 2015-16 season.
Bradford City Player Liaison Officer Wendy James, who was also present at the player appearance, said: "As a club, we are committed to our role within the Bradford Community and we’re delighted to raise as much money and awareness for the Hospital’s Charity with our ‘Christmas Jumper Record’.
"We hope the players’ visit and the presents provided by Friends of Bradford City (FoBCFC) and ASDA brought home some Christmas cheer for all the Children in hospital at this time of year."