Edinburgh spread festive cheer at Sick Kids
The Edinburgh Rugby squad made their annual visit to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children today as the group of players - led by Scotland internationalists Grant Gilchrist, John Barclay, Jamie Ritchie and Ben Toolis – dropped by the wards to spread some Christmas cheer.
With plenty of gifts donated by the club, supporters and sponsors, the players were on hand to take photos and hand out signed flags and calendars to the kids, nurses and parents at the city’s Sick Kids hospital.
To spread festive joy to some of their biggest, young fans, the players gave presents including gift cards and video games for the ward playroom, as well as plenty of flags for the club’s young supporters to wave on match night at BT Murrayfield.
Fiona O’Sullivan, Arts Programme Manager at ECHC, said: “The visit from the Edinburgh Rugby team is always a huge hit with the children and young people at the hospital. Some of the kids are massive rugby fans so it really makes their day to meet their favourite players.
“Christmas is a very special time of year and we work hard to ensure no child or young person misses out on the joy and magic of the festive season. It’s the generosity of our supporters, like the Edinburgh Rugby, that enables us to do this.”
Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director Douglas Struth, said: “It was brilliant see the squad once again visit the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
“Christmas is a time for giving, so to be able to drop by the hospital with a selection of gifts donated by the club, supporters and sponsors means so much to all of us involved with Edinburgh Rugby.”
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