South Shields’ squad was at South Tyneside District Hospital on Saturday to deliver presents to youngsters receiving treatment.

Gareth Young 1After the club appealed for supporters to donate presents to be handed over during the visit, there was a superb response.

Dozens of presents were left at Mariners Park, and the players then took them to the hospital in an attempt to spread some Christmas joy.

In the video above, the players hand over presents to youngsters including Ruby Tate, aged two, and Harry Hatch, aged 11 weeks, while forward Jonny Wightman and defender Lewis Galpin speak about the day.

Gareth Young 2Wightman said: “The club took donations for presents from the public, so we could come down to the hospital and give something back to the community.

“We wanted to give some presents to the kids and make their day, really.

“We had been talking about it all week, and it was nice to get everyone together and do that.

“It’s not ideal to be in hospital just before Christmas. There were so many presents donated, so hopefully it made a few children’s days.”

Scroggins 1Galpin added: “Loads of presents were donated for the kids, and it was an incredible response. We just wanted to share the joy at Christmas.

“It’s our local hospital, so it was good that we were able to give something back to the community, because they have given so much to us.

“We can’t thank the public enough for all of the presents that were donated. There were five big bags full of presents, so we’re very thankful to those who helped us do this.”

Sakr interviewedWhile some presents were handed over on Saturday during the club’s visit, the volume of gifts meant that most were given to hospital staff, who will give them to patients over the coming weeks.

VIDEO AND WORDS: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGES: Peter Talbot.