Worksop Town bring much needed cheer to Bassetlaw’s sick children

Staff and players from Worksop Town Football Club visited The Children's Ward at Bassetlaw Hospital to give presents to the children.
Staff and players from Worksop Town Football Club visited The Children's Ward at Bassetlaw Hospital to give presents to the children.
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Worksop Town brought some much needed Christmas cheer to children who needed it most.

A group of players joined club officials to deliver three portable DVD players, headsets and DVDs to the children’s ward, along with gift bags for each child.

Manager Mark Shaw organised the visit for the second year in a row, and said it was a difficult but crucial part of the club’s responsibilities as a community organisation.

“I always find it very difficult going in, as a parent, and I take my son with me so he realises there are some kids who don’t get to have what you’d call a normal Christmas at home with their families,” he said.

“There are people in there working over Christmas and doing an unbelievable job with children, and if we can go in and bring a little bit of entertainment to the children’s ward then that’s a vital part of our role.”

The DVD players will allow children to watch films from their beds, if they’re unable to get into a position to see the television – supplied by Tigers last Christmas – on the ward.

Shaw was pleased to be joined on the visit by players Jake Scott, Connor Smythe, Tom Elliott and Matt Booth.

“I take the players in so they get to see how important their role is – they’re not just footballers for Worksop Town, they’re rolemodels.”

“We’ve had a couple of really nice emails from parents who were delighted to see the club get involved – if there’s any support we can give, we will do.”