Players bring some festive cheer to Musgrove

A number of Somerset players and staff visited Musgrove Park Hospital this week to make a special delivery.

Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller were joined by SCCC Head of Science & Medicine, Jamie Thorpe as they delivered Christmas presents to the children’s wards in a bid to spread a little festive cheer.

Due to the current restrictions, the Somerset representatives were not able to hand the gifts out in person on the wards, but everyone at the Club felt that it was vital for this traditional annual visit to continue.

Play Specialist at Musgrove Park Hospital, Jane Horne was delighted that the players came to visit. “It was really nice to see the guys again,” she said. “This is the second year running where we’ve had to accept the gifts outside, but it’s really nice that they still make the effort to come and see us. I’m sure the presents will make the children happy over Christmas.

“It’s nice to feel like we haven’t been forgotten. It’s really nice to know that the children on the wards are still remembered when they are here with us for Christmas. It’s great to have received this gifts which we are looking forward to giving out over the next few days.”

Roelof said: “It’s important that we are involved within the community and what better way to do that than to visit the hospital. Hopefully, these presents will brighten up someone’s day. It’s a little gesture but it could make a big difference.

Max added: “It’s lovely to be back here. I’ve been here a few times now, and although we can’t actually go into the wards, hopefully this will put a smile on some people’s faces. It’s never nice for anyone to be in hospital, especially children, so it’s really important for us to be able to do something like this and give something back to the local community.

“The staff on the children’s wards are brilliant. They’re always very welcoming and it’s nice to see them every year and to find out what we can do to help. Giving presents at this time of year is just a small thing, but it’s really important that we continue to do it.”