Bristol City FC players present hospice with season ticket for families
PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 December 2018
Players from Bristol City Football Club visited a children's hospice to spread some festive cheer to families.
Staff and players from the club made their annual visit to Chidlren’s Hospice South West (CHSW) in Wraxall to pose for photos, sign shirts and autograph squad sheets.
In the games room at Charlton Farm, children squared up to take on the players at FIFA and table football, while others spent time kicking a football around in the garden and making art in the messy play room.
Bristol City Football Club has been supporting CHSW for the past four seasons and has raised more than £120,000 for the charity.
Nine footballers and members of the coaching staff are now charity ambassadors.
Josh Brownhill, one of latest members of the squad to become an ambassador, said: “I’ve been coming (to Charlton Farm) for a few years and each time it really touches me.
“I was more than delighted to become an ambassador and I want to be involved in it at all times.
“Just to see the kids smile and to take their mind away from things for an hour, whether it’s playing FIFA, football or having a conversation with the families, to see them smiling is priceless.”
Head coach Lee Johnson also saw the visit as an opportunity to say thank you to the charity’s incredible staff.
He said: “This is our way of showing appreciation to the staff here who create a lovely environment for the children and their families and on a day like today, leading up to Christmas, it adds a little bit.
“The players have brought a little buzz to the place and you can feel it. You can feel how happy the kids are to be around the players. That’s what it’s all about, it’s about making these children as happy as they can be.”
This year, instead of taking individual presents, the club gave Charlton Farm a season ticket so families staying for respite can go to home matches.
Karen Mathie, corporate partnerships fundraiser at CHSW, said: “The season ticket is a wonderful gift, which I know will get a lot of use.
“We’d like to thank everyone at Bristol City Football Club for their continued support of CHSW and look forward to more fundraising activities throughout 2019.”