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Dons spread Christmas cheer

11 December 2014

The Dons players and staff took time out to visit the children at Milton Keynes General Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

David Martin, Charlie Burns, Darren Potter and Carl Baker were joined by goalkeeping coach Paul Heald in the Dons’ annual visit to the Hospital’s children’s ward.

As is now tradition at stadiummk, the players donated money to purchase Toys R Us gift cards to hand out to each child, as well as a Christmas tree to sit on the ward itself. Suzuki, the Club’s title partners, also kindly donated teddy bears which were handed out. Meanwhile, Asda supplied several gifts to give out on the ward.

What's more, the first team came together and raised £800 for the MK Hospital Leo's Appeal, which they presented in the form of a cheque on their visit.

As well as handing out the presents, the players and staff were able to lift the spirits of the parents and nursing staff too by posing for photos, signing autographs and chatting about all things football, toys and Christmas!

Heald said: "It's always good to go down and meet the children and their families, as well as the staff, who work extremely hard to make this difficult time that little bit easier.

"Over the years we've seen more and more Dons supporters on our visits and it's humbling to see how well the families, and especially the children, cope in such a difficult environment.

"Not only do the children seem to enjoy our visit, it is also a fantastic opportunity for us to give a little back to the community and meet such amazing and brave children, whose personalities always leave a lasting impression on all of us."

He added: "On behalf of the Club, I would like to thank Jenny Howells and Vanessa Holmes for their and the hospital's help and support with our ongoing partnership. They do fantastic work in raising money for Leo's Appeal and we all look forward to helping them with future fundraising activities."

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