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David McGoldrick ‘humbled’ as Ipswich Town stars spread festive cheer among sick children

PUBLISHED: 18:36 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:36 12 December 2017

Ipswich Town players brightening up the children's ward at West Suffolk Hospital. David McGoldrick gives Nikita Blenman an Ipswich Town teddy. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Town players brightening up the children's ward at West Suffolk Hospital. David McGoldrick gives Nikita Blenman an Ipswich Town teddy. Picture: GREGG BROWN

It is an uplifting Christmas tradition: Ipswich Town footballers spreading festive cheer at children’s wards.

West Suffolk Hospital receives a Christmas visit from Ipswich Town players. Left to right: Bartosz Bialkowski, David McGoldrick, Jonas Knudsen, Amelia and Jenny Gamzoo. Picture: GREGG BROWNWest Suffolk Hospital receives a Christmas visit from Ipswich Town players. Left to right: Bartosz Bialkowski, David McGoldrick, Jonas Knudsen, Amelia and Jenny Gamzoo. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Striker David McGoldrick, defender Jonas Knudsen, and keeper Bartosz Bialkowski brought smiles to the faces of sick and ill children at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds today.

Ipswich Town players visit West Suffolk Hospital to hand out Christmas gifts. Picture: GREGG BROWN  Ipswich Town players visit West Suffolk Hospital to hand out Christmas gifts. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Joe Garner, Martyn Waghorn, and Kevin Bru also visited St Nicholas Hospital in the town.

Davis McGoldrick with Amelia and Jenny Gamzoo. Picture: GREGG BROWNDavis McGoldrick with Amelia and Jenny Gamzoo. Picture: GREGG BROWN

It marked the first of several visits over the coming days, with Colchester and Ipswich hospitals and other hospices welcoming Town stars and their presents.

Ipswich Town players visit West Suffolk Hospital to hand out Christmas gifts. Players left to right: Bartosz Bialkowski, David McGoldrick and Jonas Knudsen. Picture: GREGG BROWNIpswich Town players visit West Suffolk Hospital to hand out Christmas gifts. Players left to right: Bartosz Bialkowski, David McGoldrick and Jonas Knudsen. Picture: GREGG BROWN

McGoldrick said: “We are fathers and there’s a lot of humbleness from us. We are really thankful for what we have got. We come here and will never shy away from it.”

Ipswich Town players hand out Christmas gifts to sick children at West Suffolk Hospital. Left to right: David McGoldrick, Bartosz Bialkowski, Arlen and AJ Sarmiento-Hutchinson, Jonas Knudsen. Picture: GREGG BROWNIpswich Town players hand out Christmas gifts to sick children at West Suffolk Hospital. Left to right: David McGoldrick, Bartosz Bialkowski, Arlen and AJ Sarmiento-Hutchinson, Jonas Knudsen. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Sue Smith, fundraising manager for the My WiSH charity, which supports the hospital, said: “They never fail to come to the hospital at Christmas with gifts. It’s great, and it really does help to make it special for them.”

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