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'They perform miracles daily' - Baker

11 December 2013

The club captain has praised the work the Grace Research Fund support after visiting the neo-natal ward at Coventry's University Hospital...

Coventry City captain Carl Baker has spoken of his 'immense pride' after visiting the neo-natal ward at Coventry's University Hospital which is supported by club sponsor Grace Research Fund.

The club captain was able to witness the work the Grace Research Fund support on the club's annual visit to Coventry University Hospital.

The Grace Research Fund raise money and awareness for medical research into premature birth and neonatal care in Coventry and Warwickshire, and is the club's nominated charity for the season with their logo featuring on the City shirts since September.

The City captain said: "It was fascinating to go down and see the work they do. It was incredible how small some of the babies were and I have to thank the families who welcomed us even though they are going through some difficult times.

"The work they do is fantastic, creating miracles on a daily basis. I think the families appreciated us going in to see them and I can't praise the staff enough as they are doing an incredible job.

"After going in and seeing the work they do, I'm immensely proud to be captain of a club which supports the work they're doing. They are changing people's lives and after seeing it for myself, the club's support is really important as hopefully it will raise awareness.

"I know when I got home, I gave my children a big hug and told them I loved them as it puts football in perspective."

The City players, as well as manager Steven Pressley, assistant manager Neil MacFarlane and goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic, were able to spread some Christmas cheer as they gave out presents on the children's ward.

Baker believes the visit always has a 'profound impact' on the players and hopes the children enjoyed the visit.

He added: "It is the most important visit of the year. I think the players always get something out of seeing the smiles on the children's faces.

"It always has a profound impact on the players as it shows how a simple visit can spread a little bit of joy at Christmas time.

"Even if it puts one smile on one kid's face, then it is a worthwhile visit and it is the least we can do to try and help some families through a difficult time.

"I really enjoy doing it. We do a lot of community visits in the season but that is always special." 

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