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Wolves players spread Christmas cheer around Wolverhampton

Wolves first-team, under-23 and women players have been lifting spirits and spreading Christmas cheer to patients at New Cross Hospital this week.

Conor Coady, Morgan Gibbs-White, Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro were joined by Niall Ennis, Pedro Goncalves, Cameron John, Anna Morphet, Ruby Meeson and Billie Haynes to hand out Christmas presents at the paediatric and cardiology wards in Wolverhampton’s largest hospital.

Players from all groups also visited Westcroft School and Ronald McDonald House, to deliver gifts to youngsters and families from the communities closest to the club.

Ryan Bennett and John Ruddy were amongst the special guests at Westcroft School, Wolverhampton, who provide a safe, caring environment for students with complex cognitive needs.

Meanwhile, Kortney Hause, Romain Saiss and Elliott Watt visited Ronald McDonald House, who give families the chance to remain close to their children whilst they are in hospital.

Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi and managing director Laurie Dalrymple also made a surprise visit to New Cross Hospital in their festive Christmas jumpers. Both were so touched by their visit that they pledged to donate 200 tickets for Wolves’ FA Cup tie with Liverpool to the three venues visited.

Following the visit, Dalrymple said: “This time of year is for giving and we were buoyed by the high spirits of the children and adult patients we visited at New Cross Hospital.

“The community give the football club so much backing, so we wanted to give a little something back and we look forward to seeing those supporters again at Molineux in January.”

Father of two, Coady said: “When Christmas comes around I always look forward to doing this, spreading some happiness. I have two boys of my own, so having them in hospital at this time would be devastated.

“This is part and parcel of being a footballer, Wolverhampton as a whole and the way the supporters are behind us is fantastic, so to give that little bit back is always nice.”

Gwen Nuttall, chief operating officer at RWT, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Wolves players, chief executive and managing director to RWT. 

“They cheered up many of our patients and plenty of staff as well. It really brightened up their day.

“Thank you very much for coming. It was lovely to see the Wolves community coming together.”