Players from Tottenham Hotspur FC spread Christmas cheer and sang to children in North Middlesex University Hospital’s Rainbow and Starlight children’s wards today (Wednesday 21 December).
Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Shayon Harrison and Spurs Ladies player, Bianca Baptiste, toured the wards and delivered presents to the youngsters aged from two to 15.
Rainbow children’s ward manager, Karen Jordan, told them: “It’s great that you are spending the time with our kids today – thank you for taking the trouble and brightening their lives!”
North Mid play leader Emma Pledger, who organised the visit, said the children had responded well to the players. She said: “They were great with the kids and took such care – they are a credit to the club.”
The players’ two hour visit to both Rainbow and Starlight childrens’ wards was caught on camera by ITV London, including a moment when they sang “We wish you a merry Christmas” to two year old Natasza from Enfield who is being treated for cancer. Natasza told them that she would be having more chemotherapy but hoped to go home soon. She said: “I am looking forward to being three years old.”
Midfielder Eric Dier said: “It’s great to see the children smile and to bring a little happiness.”
They also met seven-year-old Kyle, from Romford was who was visiting the hospital with his mum to bring presents for the children. The players gave him a team scarf and a signed card. His mum, Kelly, said: “I wanted to teach him to give to others because this hospital has given us so much. It’s wonderful to meet the Spurs players as well!”
The visit is the latest in a series of activities by the club to support their local hospital which is a mile from the club’s White Hart Lane stadium. Squad members have launched the hospital’s new TrueBeam linear accelerator which destroys cancer tumours with pinpoint accuracy, opened a new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support service and supported the hospital’s prostate cancer awareness campaign.