Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bringing a Touch of Joy at Christmas; Boro Stars Visit Children's Wards

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bringing a Touch of Joy at Christmas; Boro Stars Visit Children's Wards

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Byline: By NAOMI CORRIGAN and MARIE LEVY

BORO stars took time out from their hectic training schedules to bring a little Christmas cheer to some poorly Teesside children.

Confectioners Nestle donated selection boxes for players to hand out in the children's wards at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital and Stockton's University Hospital of North Tees.

Among those making yesterday's special deliveries in Stockton were Julio Arca, Didier Digard and Chris Riggott.

Jeremie Aliadiere spent a lot of time speaking to parents of poorly babies at North Tees.

He told the Gazette: "We were in here with my baby daughter Ava not so long ago because she had problems with colic and she was constipated.

"She was OK, they changed her milk formula and it solved the problem.

"Her problem was only small really.

When we stayed overnight we saw lots of very poorly babies with tubes in their noses and it makes you realise how lucky you are."

Among those visited by the players was four-year-old Mohammed Khaliq from Thornaby and his mum Asma, 27.

Mohammed was recovering from a chest infection and had been suffering vomiting episodes.

His mum said: "He's been on oxygen but we hope to take him home soon.

"He does like football and it was really nice of the players to come and see him.

"Mohammed is blind so he can't watch football on television but he likes listening to it.

"His cousins will be very jealous!"

Stewart Downing, Andrew Taylor and Emanuel Pogatetz were among those bringing smiles to the faces of youngsters at James Cook University Hospital as they handed out everything from Boro scarves to MFC Christmas crackers.

Four-year-old Ben Robinson could not stop smiling as some of his favourite players chatted to him by his bedside.

"He's only been in here a day and he's bored already, but this has brought some excitement," said his mum Melissa, of Hemlington.

"It's great that they are willing to take the time out to come and see the kids."

One child who will definitely be spending Christmas in hospital is three-year-old Lennox Nicholson of Guisborough. …

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