Leeds United squad spread festive cheer on hospital visit

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A host of Leeds United stars scored a collective Christmas winner - and gave Santa a run for his money- when they delivered a huge dose of festive cheer to poorly children.

The players popped into the children’s wards at Leeds General Infirmary earlier today, chatting to youngsters, their families and staff and handing over goodie bags.

Pictured from the left are Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Marco Silvestri, and Charlie Taylor with four-month-old Frances Choo. PIC: Simon Hulme

Pictured from the left are Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Marco Silvestri, and Charlie Taylor with four-month-old Frances Choo. PIC: Simon Hulme

And the effect of their visit was clear to see, with many of the children beaming with delight at meeting their heroes.

Left-back Charlie Taylor told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s nice to give something back.

“People here are going through a bad time.

“That’s not nice ever, but you’re more aware of it, or you feel it more, at Christmas.

Sam Byram pictured with Francis-Rae Lee and her mum Charlotte. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Sam Byram pictured with Francis-Rae Lee and her mum Charlotte. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

“The players just want to do what they can to help, to brighten things up and make Christmas as good as it can be. This always gives you some perspective.”

Team captain Sol Bamba added: “Part of our jobs, part of being involved with this club, is to give support to the community and I’ve done lots of visits like this over the years.

“I’ve got kids and in some ways it’s very sad to come here and see people who are ill, who aren’t going to be home for Christmas.

“But on the other hand, if it’s a way for us to give them a bit of fun, make them smile and cheer them up then so much the better.

Pictured (from the left) are Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Sol Bamba. PIC: Simon Hulme

Pictured (from the left) are Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Sol Bamba. PIC: Simon Hulme

“It makes you realise how lucky you are.”

Sol Bamba meets Raheem Shabir, six, from Halifax. PIC: Simon Hulme

Sol Bamba meets Raheem Shabir, six, from Halifax. PIC: Simon Hulme

The players are pictured with Isla Shaw, aged 15 months, from Otley and her mum Shona Mellon. PIC: Simon Hulme

The players are pictured with Isla Shaw, aged 15 months, from Otley and her mum Shona Mellon. PIC: Simon Hulme

Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt meet Leena Bashir, 13. PIC: Simon Hulme

Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt meet Leena Bashir, 13. PIC: Simon Hulme

Charlie Taylor meets Isla Shaw, aged 15 months, from Otley with her mum Shona Mellon. PIC: Simon Hulme

Charlie Taylor meets Isla Shaw, aged 15 months, from Otley with her mum Shona Mellon. PIC: Simon Hulme

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