MK Dons were out spreading Christmas cheer in the children’s ward at Milton Keynes Hospital today (Thursday).
Goalkeepers David Martin and Charlie Burns, and midfielders Darren Potter and Carl Baker joined goalkeeping coach Paul Heald as they played Father Christmas to the youngsters who are set to spend their festive period on the ward.
“It’s important that we can connect with local children,” said manager Karl Robinson. “I’m a father myself, and Christmas is a time for families.
“It’s a traditional football trip, but it’s something that all the players want to do.
“In the past, we’ve travelled with the full squad, but we were told off one year for having too many people in there!
“You meet some very brave young children. Hopefully we can bring a few smiles to some young children’s faces. Being able to do that shows the power of the industry we’re in.
“It’s one thing the players never want to turn their back on.”
Heald said: “It’s always good to go down and meet the children and their families, as well as the staff, who work extremely hard to make this difficult time that little bit easier.
“Over the years we’ve seen more and more Dons supporters on our visits and it’s humbling to see how well the families, and especially the children, cope in such a difficult environment.
“Not only do the children seem to enjoy our visit, it is also a fantastic opportunity for us to give a little back to the community and meet such amazing and brave children, whose personalities always leave a lasting impression on all of us.”
He added: “On behalf of the Club, I would like to thank Jenny Howells and Vanessa Holmes for their and the hospital’s help and support with our ongoing partnership. They do fantastic work in raising money for Leo’s Appeal and we all look forward to helping them with future fundraising activities.”