Players from Tottenham Hotspur FC brought Christmas cheer to children at North Middlesex University Hospital today.
Defenders Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Juan Foyth and Ladies team striker Bianca Baptiste visited a dozen youngsters on the hospital’s Rainbow and Starlight wards.
They also met North Mid’s chief executive Maria Kane who welcomed them to the hospital. Maria told them: “We’re really grateful to you for giving up your time and spreading some happiness.”
Jan Vertonghen said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to give something back.”
The Spurs team came laden with presents for the youngsters and posed for photographs with their parents and staff.
Among the young patients were three week old Poyraz who had a blood infection. First time mum Burcuy Cebir, 25, from Enfield said: “It’s been really hard having to be in hospital with my first baby but it’s wonderful to get this lift from the Spurs players. We are really looking forward to getting home after Christmas!
Three year old Maisie Daniel-Tong, who is being treated for a nut allergy, was thrilled to receive a doll from the players.
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 new White Hart Lane stadium. Squad members have launched the hospital’s linear accelerator which destroys cancer tumours with pinpoint accuracy, opened a new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support service and promoted prostate cancer and HIV awareness campaigns.