Spireites players and staff recently made their annual visit to the Chesterfield Royal Hospital.The full squad and coaching team spent the afternoon greeting children and handing out presents to the youngsters who were spending the Christmas period in hospital.
Speaking about the visit, Chesterfield full-back and PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys said: “I’ve done it every single year since I became a professional footballer. I think it’s important as a football club that we come and see all the children that are in hospital over Christmas.
“Sometimes a town or a city needs a football club and a football club needs the town, it needs the supporters. To give a little bit back, not just today at the hospital but throughout the year, it’s good for us and it’s good for everybody else."
The children range from just a few months old to young teenagers and have various reasons for being at the hospital. Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes seeing the children in hospital over Christmas puts the world into perspective.
He said: “I think sometimes we all get caught up in the bubble of football and what happens at matches and we forget what’s really important.
“It makes you feel very humble, it makes you feel like you don’t do it enough. It’s good for us to be out in the community and for the kids to see the players and the staff.”
The afternoon was extremely well received by both patients and staff at the hospital who were delighted to see their sporting heroes visiting the wards. “It’s brilliant, everybody always looks forward to them coming. They really appreciate the visit at Christmas," explained play specialist team leader Jenny Reaney.
“To have their picture taken and receive a little present from the players, they really, really enjoy it.”