Leeds United spread Christmas cheer with Leeds General Infirmary visit as Adam Forshaw surprises fan after Manchester United run in

Leeds United's players have been spreading the Christmas cheer in recent days

By Joe Urquhart
Friday, 20th December 2019, 6:00 am
Leeds United's players visit the LGI.
Leeds United's players visit the LGI.

Leeds United's players continued to spread the festive cheer on Thursday with their annual Christmas visit to Leeds General Infirmary.

Mateusz Klich, Gjanni Alioski, Eddie Nketiah, Jack Clarke and Illan Meslier were all in attendance at the city centre hospital to give out goodie bags and presents on the children's ward.

United's stars have been busy in recent days with a number of other first team players - including club captain Liam Cooper - making a pit stop at the Cash For Kids Mission Christmas appeal to help pack up presents and make a donation to the charity which aims to ensure every child across the city receives a present this Christmas.

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Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts also attended the Corner Flag Cafe Christmas party, which is a monthly event held at Elland Road for people suffering with early on-set dementia, while Helder Costa and Gaetano Berardi visited Saint George's Crypt.

Alioski said of the visit to the LGI: "To come here and make the kids happy is the aim. It feels bad to see them in the hospital when they are so young.

"Just to give them a good day and to see their nice smiles is good. We want to do something to make the kids a little happier. I think this is nice what Leeds do for everybody and I hope that we’ll do everything right in the end."

Klich added: "It's really is nice to do something for the kids. They have to spend Christmas in hospital so it's always nice to help. I like to see that they are happy and they smile. Obviously it is a tough time for them so it's good for us to help however small."

Adam Forshaw also surprised a young Whites fan who is battling cancer after he was pictured less than impressed in his Leeds top receiving a visit from Manchester United's Ashley Young last week at Manchester Children's Hospital.

His Dad later tweeted: "A big thank you to Leeds United and Adam Forshaw for travelling to the dark side of the Pennines to cheer my lad up. Spoiled him rotten. Made our Christmas."