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Spireites Visit Chesterfield Royal Hospital

24 December 2014

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The Chesterfield squad recently made a visit to Chesterfield Royal Hospital to visit some of the children who are spending their Christmas there.

The visit included the handing out of gifts and the opportunity for kids to get autographs and photos with their favourite players. 

Ritchie Humphreys was one of the many players at the visit and he expressed his support for the visit which brings a lot of happiness at Christmas.

He said: “All the players and the staff have come to the children’s hospital to see the kids. All the players got some money together this morning and gave it to the community guys to get some presents and some sweets for the kids for Christmas.

“We’ve just been down to the ward to see the kids and speak to their parents to wish them all the best and hope that they won’t be in here over the Christmas period.

“I think it’s really nice to come and see the children at Christmas. I’ve done it for many years while I’ve been in football and hopefully we’ve put a smile on the face of one or two. 

"I know that there was one lad who slept in his Chesterfield kit every night for the last six nights and he’s gone home today so he’s not got to see the players but the good thing is that he has gone home.

“The kids were okay with us -but it was different when Chester came in. It’s amazing because I’ve got two children and one loves Chester and the other one is a bit scared, I think it depends on ages, but they really liked seeing Chester. He comes with us and he adds another dimension to our visit.

“The community work we do is obviously all year round. Footballers around the country last year did over 50,000 visits into the community and every club will have gone into a hospital this Christmas to see the children and put a smile on their face because no one wants their children to be in hospital at all. 

"I know that as a parent and for them to be in over Christmas, when you want to be with your family and it’s an important time, you want to cheer them up.”

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