Footballers make festive visit

21 December 2018

There were smiles and giggles galore when children were given some early Christmas presents to unwrap – thanks to Charlton Athletic Football Club.

Players, coaches and other members of the club pay an annual visit to Demelza’s children’s hospice in Eltham, South East London – and every year the trip generates lots of excitement for youngsters and parents alike.

Charlton’s Assistant Manager Johnnie Jackson, Team Captain Jason Pearce and Midfielder Mark Marshall gave out presents which included chocolate, toys and books. They talked and played with some of the families who use the services of Demelza and also met delighted staff and volunteers.

Nicola Irvine, Senior Community Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re very grateful for the support we receive at Christmas and throughout the year from Charlton. It was wonderful to have them with us for the afternoon. They really brought some festive cheer to the hospice. The children really enjoyed the visit and loved the presents.”