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PHOTOS: Coventry City players spread Christmas cheer to children at Coventry's University Hospital

8 December 2015

The Sky Blues stars took time to visit the children's ward to hand out presents and Christmas cheer at University Hospital...

Coventry City players put a smile on the faces of children at the University Hospital in Coventry with a pre-Christmas visit.

The Sky Blues' first-team stars along with manager Tony Mowbray, first-team coach Jamie Clapham and goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic visited the children’s ward at the hospital to meet children and their parents.

As well as donating gifts from CCFC and signing autographs, the players donated their fine-money of just over £500 to buy the children on the ward Christmas presents at this special time of year for children.

City boss Tony Mowbray said: "This visit is really important for the club as we need to get out in the community and support people through their difficult times.

"It's a special time of year, a family time of year. Anything we can do to show the parents of the children that the club is a caring part of the city, that's what we should do.

"On a personal level, I've got three boys under the age of 10. Family values are huge and I feel sorry when I walk around the ward and see children who are ill at this time of year, it strikes it home.

"Undoubtedly, it's important for our young footballers to get out and experience the world. I want our footballers to carry a humility around with them and realise that people in the world need support. 

"It's all about giving something back and if we've put one or two smiles on faces today, then great."

Goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook said: "It means a lot to all the players. Some of the children aren't getting all the opportunities to fulfil their lives at the moment so we need to try and give something back.

"I've had family members in hospital and who've passed at such a young age. It means a lot to me to try and help where we can. 

"To see the smiles on the children's faces was priceless and it's get for us really as we used to be like that when we saw football players when we were younger so it brings it home.

"It's been a great visit for us to do and I'd like to wish everyone we've met today a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."

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