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Footballers make festive visit to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

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Rotherham United players Alex Revell and Dale Tonge made a surprise visit to their local children’s hospice, Bluebell Wood last week, accompanied by their mascot Miller Bear.

The players were joined by the Community Sports Trust team and brought fabulous presents of teddy bears and footballs for the Bluebell Wood children.

The children really enjoyed meeting the players, and Miller Bear created lots of excitement, making it a very enjoyable festive visit for all.

Jamie Noble, Head of Community at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust said: "I would like to thank the staff, volunteers and most of all the children and their families at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice for the kind hospitality shown to Rotherham United.

“Today we were fortunate to be given the opportunity to spread Christmas cheer early by surprising the children with gifts from Tony Stewart, Steve Evens, Miller Bear and the whole team especially Alex Revell and Dale Tonge. We had the most humbling experience of the year and I cannot begin to put into words what a fantastic job the dedicated staff of the hospice do to make the lives of those young people better at what must be very challenging times in their families’ lives"

"We at Rotherham united would like to say Merry Christmas to everyone connected to Bluebell Wood."

Heidi Megaughin, Acting Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice said: “We’d like to thank everyone for taking time out of their busy schedule to come and visit us, especially Alex and Dale.

“The children were thrilled to meet the players and receive their gifts and we’d like to wish everyone at Rotherham United a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Bluebell Wood.”