Hampshire pair take festive cheer to childrens’ hospitals thanks to generous donation

Sean Ervine and Liam Dawson visited a local hospital and hospice today as part of the Hampshire Cricket Community Trust Toy Drive. The Hampshire pair gave out a selection of Christmas presents at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and the Naomi House Hospice in Winchester.

Whilst at the Seahorse and Starfish children’s wards at Queen Alexandra, the players handed out many Christmas gifts, signed autographs, and spoke to patients, family and staff.

Hampshire Cricket Community Trust Education Officer, Emily Blackburn said: “It’s important for everybody at this time of year to think of those who are less fortunate, so it’s a real pleasure for us to be able to organize this and hopefully make Christmas extra special for those children at both Queen Alexandra and Naomi House.

“It makes it all worthwhile when you see how much of a difference it makes to the children and you have to give a lot of credit to the Hampshire cricket fans and the local community for their generous donations, as without them this wouldn’t have been possible.”

After spending over an hour visiting Queen Alexandra, Ervine and Dawson visited a number of Children at Naomi House, where the gifts were again gratefully received.

Ann Ricketts, Queen Alexandra Play Specialist said: “We really enjoy visits such as this to our pediatric wards as it makes such a difference to the children and really brightens their day. Hampshire Cricket Club have been very generous donating over 40 presents, and such fantastic ones too! The children are very pleased.”

James Buttler

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