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Wigan's sporting stars pay visit to Rainbow Ward

  December 17

Wigan Warriors with one fan on Rainbow Ward

Players from Wigan Athletic meet a young fan

  Armed with Christmas gifts and selection boxes, players from Wigan's sports teams took some time out to visit children staying at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary this December.

Players from Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic posed for pictures with their fans, signed autographs and chatted with the young patients and staff all in the hopes of spreading a little bit of cheer this holiday season.

The four players from Wigan Warriors even took time for a game of Mario Kart with 13-year-old Billy, a life-long Warriors fan who couldn’t believe he was playing videogames with his heroes.

Rainbow Ward Manager, Wendy Sinclair said; “We’re really grateful for the players giving up their time to come and see the children and families on the ward.

“It’s been absolutely amazing, the children have been so excited to meet all of the players and have been enjoying opening the lovely presents. It’s certainly spread a bit of festive cheer.”

Willie Isa from Wigan Warriors said: “It was really nice to call in at the hospital and spend some time with the children and staff on Rainbow Ward.

“It’s obviously tough for the children and their families when they’re in hospital, particularly at this time of year, so it was good to help raise a few smiles.”

While Wigan Athletic goalkeeper, Jamie Jones, said: “Meeting the children and their parents was lovely and it was an honour to be able to go along today at such an important time of the year for everyone.

“The smiles on their faces when they met us were incredible and those are the types of moments you never forget.”