Bath Rugby Foundation and Bath Rugby spread festive joy at the Bath's Royal United Hospitals

Youngsters taking part in a Bath Rugby Foundation programme have teamed up with Bath Rugby stars to put smiles on the faces of children stuck in hospital this Christmas.

The group of teenagers who are taking part in the National Citizenship Service programme set up a Christmas toy collection for children who are spending the festive period in Bath’s RUH.

They had some extra help from Bath Rugby’s players and coaches in handing over the gifts in the Children’s Ward after Bath Rugby Foundation linked up with the Forever Friends Appeal, the RUH’s official charity.

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The NCS course has seen the teenagers take on a number a challenges over the past few months, including a challenge to create a community of charity event.

Becks Toan, Bath Rugby Foundation Senior Coach

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Bath Rugby players and coaches played the role of Santa’s elves and handed over the presents at the RUH.

As a club we are very proud of the life-changing work Bath Rugby Foundation do in our city. It is wonderful that this idea came from the young people themselves and as a club we are delighted to be involved.

Charlie Ewels, Club captain
Bath Rugby players and coaches played the role of Santa’s elves and handed over the presents at the RUH. Credit: Bath Rugby Foundation

We’re really grateful to Bath Rugby Foundation for their generous gifts and to the players who gave their time to visit the children. Entertainment and play is a crucial part of the care we offer our young patients, helping them during their time in hospital and in their recovery. Thank you for brightening their day.

Jo Powell, RUH Play Specialist