The entire Iron squad visited the Disney Ward of Scunthorpe General Hospital on Monday afternoon.The team, after training, were accompanied with a wealth of gifts for the visit, funded by the players themselves and also Scunthorpe United’s Community Trust. It saw them put smiles on the faces of some unwell youngsters, along with providing them with a boost ahead of the festive period.
With no fewer than twenty inhabitants on the Disney Ward, the players all journeyed up to the hospital to make this year’s visit that little bit more special.
Full back Scott Laird spoke about the visit: “It’s something that I think every football club does up and down the country and it’s massive to be a part of the community.
“It’s about the lads coming together as a squad and coming to see the young kids in the wards. Most of the kids in there knew who we are and even if they don’t, we brought a smile to their faces with the presents.
“Hopefully the majority of these kids will be out of hospital before Christmas, but they’re being well looked after.”
Midfielder Neal Bishop added: “As a club, you want to show your support for the community. The kids here have various illnesses and some will be here over Christmas, so it’s important we come down here.
“If we bring a smile to their faces for even a second or a minute, makes the whole thing very worthwhile.
“It’s important (to be apart of the community). Whether it’s for the steelworkers or the children in hospital it is important to show our support and that we are apart of that and all in it together.
“To see their smile when they’re getting their selection boxes and their presents is amazing. As a parent myself it puts things into perspective and how you can take things for granted a lot of the time.”
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