Several MK Dons first team players took on the role of Santa Clause this afternoon when they paid a visit to the Children’s Ward at Milton Keynes General Hospital.
Goalkeeping coach Paul Heald, David Martin, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Ian McLoughlin, Daniel Powell and Tom Flanagan all helped deliver presents to the kids on the ward while second-year scholars Mason Spence and Charlie Burns were also on hand.
As has become tradition, all the MK Dons players and first team staff put their hands into their pockets to raise money for the gifts for the visit. ToyRUs then kindly assisted the Dons in purchasing the presents, offering a discount that allowed the money to stretch even further, and toys were then wrapped up by Dons elves.
The players and staff arrived at Milton Keynes General Hospital this afternoon to offer some festive cheer and hand the presents out to all the deserving children who may be facing Christmas in the ward this year.
The first team and Academy players spent time talking to the parents, children and nurses while the gifts – such as scooters, sensory toys for the youngster, dolls, cars and much, much more - went down a treat.
The trip was humbling for everyone involved and Heald was pleased to make the visit.
Paul Heald told mkdons.com: “The annual Christmas trip to the Children’s Ward is an important day for everyone at the Club and the Hospital. It’s a great chance for us spend time with our local community and if we have put a smile on a few people’s faces with this trip then I think we have done a good job.
“Christmas is a special time and it is vital we do not forget those who may not be at home with their family this year. On behalf of everyone at the Club, I would like to wish all the children, parents and nurses in the ward a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
Goalie Martin added: “It’s great to go out and see what a difference you can make at this time of year. It’s good and it’s bad at the same time visiting here. Obviously it’s humbling to hear what the parents and the kids are going through but also then to come here and give them presents and have a chat – you can’t put a price on it.
“I’m looking at my Mum at the moment getting ready for Christmas and she’s stressed it and then to have kids that aren’t very well and in hospital on top of that must be a nightmare. We should all be very grateful for our health and our families and I just wish everyone here all the best.”