Santa’s helpers de­liver Posh gifts

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By KEN MCERLAIN ken.mcerlain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

CHRIST­MAS came early for young­sters at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal when Posh foot­ballers ar­rived bear­ing gifts.

A num­ber of Peter­bor­ough United play­ers paid a visit to the hos­pi­tal’s chil­dren’s ward yes­ter­day to hand over more than £500 worth of presents do­nated by ASDA and Deben­hams to ex­cited young­sters.

Many chil­dren were thrilled as stars in­clud­ing Ge­orge Boyd, Lee Tom­lin, Paul Jones and Gabriel Zakuani handed over gifts.

Some of the play­ers donned Santa hats and fake beards and also took the time to chat to young­sters, par­ents and staff.

De­lighted eight-year-old Le­mar Moore, from Peter­bor­ough, was given a gift from Posh winger Ge­orge Boyd.

Le­mar said: “It was re­ally great to meet Ge­orge. I like Posh and he’s one of my favourite play­ers.

“He said hello, shook my hand and wished me a happy Christ­mas and was very nice.

“We then had a photo to­gether. I can’t wait to tell my friends that I met a fa­mous foot­baller.

“Ge­orge gave me a big present but I’m go­ing to try not to open it un­til Christ­mas Day. Although that may be dif­fi­cult.”

Eight-year-old Fabio Fer­reira, also from Peter­bor­ough, was over­joyed to be given a re­mote con­trol car.

He said: “I was given a big present and I couldn’t wait to un­wrap it.

“It was a re­mote con­trol Audi car and I’m so happy. It’s re­ally nice that the play­ers have given me this.

“Meet­ing them was a big sur­prise. I didn’t know they were com­ing.

“I was ner­vous at first but they were all friendly and wanted to talk to me.”

Two-year-old Samuel Llewellyn also couldn’t wait to un­wrap his present - which was a model helicopter.

His mum Diane Llewellyn (39) said: “He’s so ex­cited - he just wants to take it home now.

“I would like to thank the Peter­bor­ough play­ers for tak­ing the time out to come and so this.

“One of the play­ers gave Samuel a high-five which made his day.”

Posh player Ge­orge Boyd said: “We visit the hos­pi­tal ev­ery year and it’s al­ways good to give some­thing back to the kids.

“They’re in hos­pi­tal at the mo­ment and giv­ing them presents al­ways helps to cheer them up.”

Zoe Wilkin­son, play ser­vice co-or­di­na­tor at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal, said: “The chil­dren, their par­ents and staff on the ward were equally as ex­cited at the thought of meet­ing some of the Posh squad.

“We are thrilled that they con­tinue to sup­port us and we all look for­ward to see­ing them.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that they bring presents for the chil­dren, too.

“It cer­tainly helps to cheer up those chil­dren who sadly have to be in hos­pi­tal at this time of year.”

METP-15-12-11BD104 Pic­tures: BEN DAVIS

KICK­ING OFF CHRIST­MAS: Peter­bor­ough United’s first team coach Mark Rob­son and mid­fielder Daniel Kearns hand over a christ­mas present to Fabio Fer­reira (8) at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal’s Ama­zon Ward.

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FES­TIVE FUN: Amy Dar­ling and Halina Ter­lecka with Noah Ter­lecka (22 months), Diane Llewellyn with Samuel Llewellyn (2), Ge­orge Boyd, Joe Newell and Paul Tay­lor.

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