Players spread some Christmas cheer at Children’s Ward

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A number of our players joined up with the Club Mascot Stumpy to spend Wednesday afternoon spreading a little Christmas cheer to the children at Musgrove Park Hospital.

Tom Abell, Jack Leach, Paul van Meekeren, Josh Davey and Stumpy visited the Children’s Unit and spent the afternoon handing out presents and meeting with the young patients and staff.

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After the visit new Captain Tom Abell said: ” I think this afternoon has gone really well.  This is a great initiative and I’m so pleased that we get to do this every year.  Having the opportunity to put smiles on children’s faces at Christmas is priceless.  It’s been a really great day.  Engaging with the community is one of the most important things that the Club do and events like this are vital.  It’s all about the kids at this time of year and if we can give a bit of a boost to those who are a bit under the weather at the moment then that’s huge.  The players get a lot from it too.  It’s an awesome thing to do.”

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Health Play Specialist Jane Horne was delighted to be able to welcome the players back for their annual visit.  “Today has been brilliant,” she said.  “It’s really nice to have the cricket club here every year and it’s great that we are supported by our county team.  I know that the children really appreciate seeing the players and Stumpy as well as the gifts that they bring.  The children were all thrilled.  You could see that when they arrived.”

Spencer Bishop from the Club’s Commercial Department said: “This is one of the most important events that we take part in every year.  To be able to make a child smile at Christmas is what it’s all about.  The players always really enjoy coming down to meet the children and staff and it’s great to be able to give something back to the community.  I’d like to thank Austins Department Store, Morrisons and Wilko for donating some of the gifts and also Richard Brice of Somerset County Sports who made a donation and came along to support us.”