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Chiefs help bring some Christmas cheer

Children on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital enjoyed a special Christmas visit from the Exeter Chiefs yesterday.

Leading the way was club captain Jack Yeandle, who was joined on the day by team-mates Ollie Atkins, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Dave Ewers, Lachie Turner, Moray Low, Toby Salmon, Dave Dennis, Matt Kvesic, Alec Hepburn, Olly Woodburn, Ben Moon and Elvis Taione.

Loaded up with sacks full of presents and other goodies, the Chiefs took on the role of Santa Claus for the very special day and were delighted to help bring some early festive cheer to Bramble. The players spent time delivering presents and club merchandise before sitting and chatting with the young patients and their families.  

Club captain Yeandle said: “You have mixed emotions coming here because it’s nice to put smiles on people’s faces and try and cheer the kids up, but some of the wards are really tough. That said, we always enjoy coming here and spending some time with the children, parents and the staff who do a fantastic job every day of the year.

“For us as players and also as parents ourselves, it’s about giving something back to people who are suffering around Christmas time. We aim to cheer the kids up, give them a few presents and try and bring a smile to their day. It’s something that’s very important for all of us at the Chiefs.”

During their visit, the players also visited patients in the hospital’s Haematology ward Yarty and met with staff from local charity the Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) to hand out ELF gift bags to patients. They even found time to help draw the Plastics department Christmas raffle, taking part in their 157 person Crackerthon, and visited a newly refurbished paediatric x-ray room thanks to the Big Raise for Little Rays campaign.

Added 21st December 2017

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