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Ipswich Town stars spread Christmas joy at Ipswich Hospital children’s ward

PUBLISHED: 17:24 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 18 December 2017

Ipswich Town stars Andre Dozzell, Adam Webster and Bersant Celina visit Isabella and Leo Boon at Ipswich Hospital for their annual Christmas visit. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich Town stars Andre Dozzell, Adam Webster and Bersant Celina visit Isabella and Leo Boon at Ipswich Hospital for their annual Christmas visit. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

It has quietly become an uplifting Christmas tradition: ill and sick children at Ipswich Hospital enjoy a surprise visit from their football heroes.

Claire Townshend and Charlie Withey have a surprise visit from Ipswich Town players. Left to right: Andre Dozzell, Bersant Celina, Cole Skuse and Adam Webster. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNClaire Townshend and Charlie Withey have a surprise visit from Ipswich Town players. Left to right: Andre Dozzell, Bersant Celina, Cole Skuse and Adam Webster. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich Town stars Cole Skuse, Adam Webster, Bersant Celina, and Andre Dozzell turned up to spread some festive cheer at the Bergholt ward, and they didn’t come empty handed – they donated Christmas presents they had bought themselves, ranging from televisions and DVD players for the play room to a food hamper for the hard-working nurses.

Alyssa and Samantha Haines  had a surprise visit from Ipswich Town players. Left to right: Adam Webster, Andre Dozzell, Bersant Celina, Cole Skuse. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAlyssa and Samantha Haines had a surprise visit from Ipswich Town players. Left to right: Adam Webster, Andre Dozzell, Bersant Celina, Cole Skuse. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Cole Skuse said: “These visits have become a tradition within football and it’s something we all look forward to, putting smiles on the faces of these children is very humbling.

Children at Ipswich hospital had a surprise visit from Ipswich Town players. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChildren at Ipswich hospital had a surprise visit from Ipswich Town players. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“Personally, as a father, these visits really hit home.”

Children at Ipswich hospital meet Ipswich Town players. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChildren at Ipswich hospital meet Ipswich Town players. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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