Rugby boys bring festive cheer to children's wards

Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club with patient Owen Yard

Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club with patient Owen Yard

Darlington’s Mowden Park Rugby Club brought smiles to the faces of children at The James Cook University Hospital, treating them to a surprise visit and some early Christmas gifts.

Toys, books, games and signed T-shirts were amongst the presents the unlikely Santas brought from the training ground when they visited wards 21 and 22 and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in festive hats, with smiles to light up any hospital corridor.

One lucky girl even received tickets to a game as a special treat once she is better – much to her delight!

Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club with young fan Demi Harvey

Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club with young fan Demi Harvey

Demi Harvey, a 15-year-old patient on ward 21 is a keen rugby player and an avid fan, who was happy to receive her signed T-shirt and tickets – as well as being pictured with the rugby club boys.

Owen Yard, a young patient on ward 22, was also delighted to meet the rugby heroes.

Dawn McCabe, nursery nurse for the children’s wards, said: “It was a really good event and really nice of them to take the time to visit. They had a little bit of banter with the children and they really enjoyed it.

“Demi was over the moon as she plays rugby herself and is an avid rugby fan.

“There were also quite a few parents who were fans and they were chatting to them which was nice. It was very nice of them to come.”