Sports stars give children festive boost

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Halifax sport athletes took time out of their training regimes to bring festive cheer to youngsters on the children’s ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Players from Halifax Rugby League Football Club brought presents, festivities and, most importantly, smiles to children at the hospital.

Mitch Cahalane and Adam Tangata gifted each child on the ward with a special present.

On top of that, Luke Ambler, Scott Murrell and youngster Archie presented each child a free ticket to any of Halifax’s 2016 home games for when they’re ready to go in the New Year.

Laura Bowen, marketing administrator for the club, said: “Being in hospital is hard for the children and parents whatever time of year it is, and Christmas can be an especially difficult time to keep a brave face on.

“We saw our players and Halicat boost the morale just that little bit more for those children, families, and staff who work so hard all year long.

FC Halifax Town players also visited the hospital to give Christmas gifts to poorly children.

Players visited the ward ahead of training for their Boxing Day game at Lincoln. Event organiser Louisa Green said: “It’s really important at this time of year that we spread some festive cheer to poorly children facing Christmas in hospital. The players spoke with the children in hospital and handed out presents to them. If it helps to put a smile on the children’s faces, then it’s well worth doing.”