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Latics Stars bring Christmas Cheer to Children's Ward

Newsdate: 18 December 2014

Pictured: Staff and patients from Rainbow Ward with Wigan Athletic playersMore than 20 young patients on the Rainbow Ward at Wigan Infirmary will enjoy a happier Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of Wigan Athletic and its players.

Latics stars and their manager, Malky Mackay, took time out to donate a huge variety of gifts and spend some time with the children on the ward. The players took some time off from their tough training regime to chat with children, parents and staff, sign autographs and give each child a gift or two.

Roger Espinoza, defensive midfielder for Wigan Athletic, said: “It feels great to be able to come here and share presents with the children. Everyone on the team loves coming here at Christmas time to take part in what is a great and very humbling experience. “

Janine Stott, Play Specialist on Rainbow Ward, said: “Being in hospital at Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for a child, so we do our best to ensure that we make it special.

“Visits like this are a perfect way of putting a smile on the faces of the kids and helping to take their mind off being poorly for a little while. We are so grateful to the players for thinking of the children.”

Pictured above: Staff and patients from Rainbow Ward with Wigan Athletic players