Ipswich Town players have been spreading a bit of Christmas cheer to youngsters at the EACH Treehouse in Ipswich.

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Daryl Murphy, Stephen Hunt, Jay Tabb and Paul Anderson handed out gifts and got involved with hand painting and games during the visit to the St Augustine’s Gardens site yesterday.

Among the youngsters who enjoyed the visit was 12-year-old Jack Driver, who suffers from aplastic anaemia and attends the Treehouse.

He said: “I’ve just been meeting the players, having a chat with them and getting some autographs – it’s been a really good, fun time.”

Season ticket holder Jake Snowling, 16, added: “It has been brilliant.”

The Town players said they thoroughly enjoyed their visit and taking time out to speak to the youngsters.

Jay Tabb said: “It’s good fun.

“It’s a nice time of year, Christmas, and the kids especially love it. You can see them all having fun. I’ve enjoyed it.”

Stephen Hunt said: “It has been really enjoyable.”

Camilla Haycock, fundraising development manager at EACH, said: “It is very exciting for these guys because the youngsters do go and watch the football and suddenly they are seeing their heroes close up.”

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