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Rovers at the DRI

17 December 2013

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Rovers Players made their annual visit to the Children's wards at DRI

The whole Doncaster Rovers first team squad made their annual visit to Doncaster Royal Infirmary on the 17th December to spread festive cheer and raise spirits in the Hospital.

Visiting the children's ward, the players spent time talking to the young people at the Infirmary, along with their families and staff.

Each child was given a present by the players, who also posed for photographs and signed autographs.

Rovers captain Rob Jones said: "Footballers get a lot of bad press so often, it is nice for us to come and do something good for the community and Doncaster as a whole.  I think it's great for us to reverse the roles, our community supports us through thick and thin and its nice for us to be able to come out and help in the community.

"It's not nice to be in hospital at any time and over the festive period it is doubly difficult.   If you can go around and at least one child is smiling then you have done your job really, it's what we came here for, to spread a bit of festive cheer, take people's minds away from why they are here and it is good for us to come and get involved in the community as we have.

" We come here to give the children a boost hopefully, we are supporting them as much as they are supporting us, so it is great.  When you get a child who takes a present and has a smile on their face it is fantastic.

Angela Sharp Assistant Head of the Hospital School added: "It's been really good, everybody always looks forward to the team coming in for the visit, they are always very generous and it gives a boost to all of the youngsters and staff.

"It is a lovely thing to do especially when little ones are in hospital over the Christmas period, they miss out on what is happening in schools and parties, but when they get someone like Doncaster Rovers coming in to visit, they can write about it and tell all of their friends so it really is a special experience for them.


Doncaster Rovers would like to thank local company Wilfreda Beehive for sponsoring the coach to the hospital and would like to wish all patients a speedy recovery and a merry Christmas. 

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