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West Ham players bring Christmas cheer to children's hospice

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 December 2018

Winston Reid, Andy Carroll and Felipe Anderson with Alexis Hunt, five. Picture: James Griffiths/West Ham United

Winston Reid, Andy Carroll and Felipe Anderson with Alexis Hunt, five. Picture: James Griffiths/West Ham United

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West Ham players took time out from training to bring some Christmas cheer to sick children at a Beckton hospice.

Grace and Jade Hill with Andy Carroll, Felipe Anderson, Javier Hernandez and Winston Reid. Picture: Hope LanekGrace and Jade Hill with Andy Carroll, Felipe Anderson, Javier Hernandez and Winston Reid. Picture: Hope Lanek

Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez, Felipe Anderson and Winston Reid met young patients and their families during a visit to Richard House Children’s Hospice.

The footballers posed for photos with the children and chatted with their families, before handing out gift bags full of Hammers merchandise to the youngsters and their siblings.

Among the families to meet the footballing foursome were the Hills, consisting of avid Hammers fan Jade, husband Metin and their children Archie and Grace.

Grace, two, has a life-limiting condition and is looked after at the hospice.

The footballers with young patient Calvin Muwanga. Picture: James Griffiths/West Ham UnitedThe footballers with young patient Calvin Muwanga. Picture: James Griffiths/West Ham United

Jade said: “It was great to meet the players who were really friendly and made the party so memorable.

“We are all huge Hammer fans and this is a dream come true for us. Thank you West Ham!”

The players were also thanked by the family of another patient, five-year-old Alexis Hunt.

Her mum Kelly said: “Coming here today and meeting the players was amazing, just amazing.

Andy Carroll plays with young patients at Richard House Children's Hospice. Picture: James Griffiths/West Ham UnitedAndy Carroll plays with young patients at Richard House Children's Hospice. Picture: James Griffiths/West Ham United

“It is something Alexis will remember and smile about for a very long time.”

It wasn’t just the children who received gifts during the visit, as the youngsters had made their own presents for the players, including sparkly photo frames.

Felipe Anderson, who joined the club in the summer, said: “This is my first visit to Richard House, but what has really struck me is the warmth and care from the staff.

“Also the children have been happy and laughing all day, and this is certainly a humbling experience that I will never forget.”

Fellow forward Javier Hernandez added: “It is great to see so many happy faces and to be able to come down here and give out gifts to the children and families.

“The main thing in life is to enjoy it as much as possible, these children and families are all enjoying each other’s company that is clear to see.

“If we can make any small difference, then all the players are really happy to do that.”

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