Green Army bring on the smiles at Derriford Hospital

Father Christmas may still be a way off but Plymouth Argyle players have been giving him a helping hand … generously delivering gifts to young patients at Derriford Hospital.

The Green Army brought smiles to the faces of children and their families alike when they walked in, armed with presents. Players and a small number of backroom staff visit the children’s wards laden with gifts every year. This year they visited play areas on our children’s wards, our Teenage Cancer Trust breakout room and the children’s Emergency Department.

Together with Pilgrim Pete and Father Christmas, the players and staff spent the afternoon talking to children and their families and giving out jester hats, beanies, lego, selection boxes, cars and other assorted goodies.

Manager Derek Adams said: “We’re delighted to come to Derriford Hospital again to visit the sick children, some of them will be having to stay in over Christmas. So it’s about just bringing a wee bit of enjoyment and some Christmas presents to them. It’s nice to do that.”

Ryan Edwards, who met with teenagers affected by cancer, said: “I just want to say a huge thank you to Kerry and Lucy and the Teenage Cancer Trust. It was great to come back and see patients who have been through similar to what I’ve been through. It’s great to see them getting stronger and getting through something which I know is very tough. I’ve been there myself so I’ll be there to support them and it’s great to see them up and well. I just want to say thanks from myself and from Plymouth Argyle.”

On behalf of our patients and their families at University Hospitals Plymouth, we’d like to say a big thank you to Argyle for giving their time and gifts so generously. We wish them all the best for the rest of the season – keep going Green Army!