Young patients at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital received early Christmas presents when four Norwich City players visited a children’s ward.

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The footballers were joined by members of the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) to make their annual Christmas visit to the hospital on Tuesday.

Midfielders Wes Hoolahan, Bradley Johnson, Elliott Bennett, and striker Gary Hooper visited the Buxton Ward to give presents along with CSF mascot Sportasaurus.

The Norwich City squad have made a donation to be shared between the N&N, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, which has a base in Quidenham, and James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston to help fund specific projects or play equipment.

The club and CSF have also made a donation of goodies and gifts which are to be distributed at visits over the next few weeks.

Emma Dolman, matron of children’s services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said: “We’re very grateful to the club and the players for visiting our patients in their free time and for their kind donations of presents.”

“It was really lovely and shows a great sense of community spirit. The visit helped to brighten up the children’s day and gave them some distraction from their time in hospital.”

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