FOOTBALL: Egg-stra special visit

EGGS-TRA SPECIAL VISIT...Coleraine FC Players Leon Knight, Darren Boyce, and Stephen Carson pictured when they donated Easter Eggs to the Causeway Hospital Children's Ward on behalf of the club. Included are, Amanda Carnwath and her daughter Maisy, Stanley Forsythe, non-executive of the Causeway Trust Board, and nurses Lorna Connor, Margaret Wilson, Laura Gaile and Claire Bolt. CR17 119PL

EGGS-TRA SPECIAL VISIT...Coleraine FC Players Leon Knight, Darren Boyce, and Stephen Carson pictured when they donated Easter Eggs to the Causeway Hospital Children's Ward on behalf of the club. Included are, Amanda Carnwath and her daughter Maisy, Stanley Forsythe, non-executive of the Causeway Trust Board, and nurses Lorna Connor, Margaret Wilson, Laura Gaile and Claire Bolt. CR17 119PL

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STAFF in children’s ward at Causeway Hospital were pleased to host a visit by players from Coleraine Football Club last week.

The visit with Easter Eggs for children who will be in hospital over Easter has become an annual event for patients and staff on the ward.

Players chatted with staff and the children before distributing the Easter Eggs to the young patients on the ward.

Jim Stewart, Chairman of the Northern Trust, thanked the players for their kindness.

He said: “I know that staff really look forward to seeing the players at this time of year.

“I want to thank all of them for their personal generosity and, of course, for taking the time to come and meet the children.

“Unfortunately, some people will have to spend Easter in hospital and staff will do everything to make their stay as pleasant as possible.

“Visits such as this help to make Easter a bit more special for those children who cannot go home.”

Coleraine FC Community Realtions Officer, John Cardwell, echoed Mr Stewart’s sentiments.

“It’s never nice when kids have to spend time in hospital,” said John.

“But even more so when it’s during the holidays.

“Hopefully our visit will help lift their minds for a wee while.

“It gives us a lot of satisfaction to be able to give something back to the community.

“And visits like this really bring home what’s important.

“We’d just like to thank all the staff here at the Causeway Hospital and in particular everyone on the Children’s Ward for making us feel so welcome every time we come.

“This partnership is very important to us and we hope to continue it for years to come.”