Spurs stars visit sick children in hospital
PUBLISHED: 14:17 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:32 15 December 2014
Children at a hospital which serves Potters Bar were treated to a surprise visit from present-bearing footballers from Premier League side Spurs.
Eric Dier, Younes Kaboul and Michel Vorm from Tottenham Hotspur paid a visit to sick children currently in Barnet Hospital and facing spending Christmas there.
The trio joined Spurs Ladies’ player Leanne Mabey in lifting the spirits on the children’s and neonatal wards, by spending time with the patients and handing out Christmas gifts from the White Hart Lane club, as well as signing autographs and posing for selfies.
Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Cummings said: “It was such an unexpected surprise to see them here but it was really nice.
“I think it is a really good thing to do. It would make anyone feel better, even if you’re not a Spurs fan.”
Arsenal fan Harry Flitterman was happy to see the players and pose for a photo, although he couldn’t resist the urge to hold up five and two fingers – a gentle reminder of the Gunners’ back-to-back 5-2 victories over Spurs in 2012.
During their visit the Tottenham players spent hours talking to patients and their families and were overwhelmed by the reception they received.
Newly arrived Eric Dier, who signed from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in the summer, said: “This is my first time visiting the local hospitals around Christmas time and it was great to meet the families and kids.
“Some of them are having a really tough time, so it was nice to be able to come here and put smiles on their faces.”
Children’s ward play specialist Jill De Graag said: “The players were really good fun and they really made the effort to speak to every one of the patients.
“I think the patients absolutely loved it – even the ones who support Arsenal.
“One boy had been so down and it was just lovely to see him smile. His face just changed when they arrived.
“It’s brilliant that they do this. It really lifts the spirits in the ward.”
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