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Players head to hospital to give out Christmas presents

Six Royals make the trip to spread Christmas cheer!

15 December 2017

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Six Reading players made the annual trip to Royal Berkshire Hospital, to hand out presents to children on the ward.

Several young Royals were delighted to meet their footballing heroes, as they went up and down and passed out new toys for the kids this Christmas.

As ever, skipper Paul McShane held a collection among the squad to fund the presents for the children at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

We would also like to thank toy shop Smyth's, for their kind donation of gifts to add to the presents the Royals gave out on the day.

McShane, Chris Gunter, Sone Aluko, Leandro Bacuna, Tiago Ilori and Mo Barrow all spent time spreading Christmas cheer and enjoying time with the kids on the ward and their parents. They also signed some presents and had their photo taken with the medical staff and children throughout the hospital.

McShane said: “We really look forward to visiting the children’s ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital each Christmas.

"It’s our pleasure to have the chance to meet the children, we appreciate some are having a really tough time and so it’s great if we can help put a smile on their face, particularly at this time of year!”

Along with that, Chris Gunter added: “It’s something we do every year as a Football Club and I think it’s important for us to do.

"If we can bring a couple of presents and make people’s day for an hour or two, then I think being so close to the community, as the club are, it’s really important.

“If we can bring a toy and make one or two of their days and bring a smile to their face, it’s great. It’s something we always do and we enjoy doing it as well.”

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