Some Santas in red and white who had obviously been working on their waistlines have dropped in to give kids early Christmas presents.
There were smiles and giggles galore when children were given gifts to unwrap, thanks to Charlton Athletic Football Club.
Players, coaches and other members of the club pay an annual visit to Demelza’s children’s hospice in Eltham, South East London – and every year the trip generates lots of excitement for youngsters and parents alike.
Charlton’s assistant manager Johnnie Jackson, captain Jason Pearce and midfielder Mark Marshall gave out presents which included chocolate, toys and books.
They talked and played with some of the families who use the services of Demelza and also met delighted staff and volunteers.
Nicola Irvine, Senior Community Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re very grateful for the support we receive at Christmas and throughout the year from Charlton. It was wonderful to have them with us for the afternoon. They really brought some festive cheer to the
hospice. The children really enjoyed the visit and loved the presents.”
Find out more about Demelza at www.demelza.org.uk , follow the charity on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/demelzahospice or @demelzahospice on Twitter.
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