AFC Fylde Community Foundation visited the children’s ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital as a special surprise before Christmas.

They were joined by the entire AFC Fylde first-team squad armed with presents and gifts for the youngsters who were, unfortunately, having to spend time in the hospital. 

The AFC Fylde players, alongside the staff from the Foundation, had a fantastic day at the hospital and said they were humbled by the appreciation shown by the children for their visit. 

The hospital visit is an annual event organised by the Foundation every Christmas and regarded as a very special date in the team’s hectic calendar.

Foundation Director Tom Hutton looks forward to the event every year and said: “The hospital visit is a very special date in our calendar and we all look forward to it. To be able to spread cheer and give out presents to the children is a great feeling. The fact that we were joined by the first team players made the day extra special for the youngsters.

“Seeing the children’s faces light up during the visit was truly a priceless experience for all!”

AFC Fylde Captain Lewis Montrose was one of the players who attended and said: “It’s always sad to see young people in hospital, particularly at Christmas and we hope we did our bit to make them feel a bit better.’

“It’s nice that the lads could bring a bit of cheer to the children at Christmas.”

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