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Daggers stars visit Queen’s Hospital children’s ward

PUBLISHED: 11:59 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:12 17 December 2014

Aiden, two, with Matt Partridge (left) and Ian Gayle (right) from Dagenham and Redbridge FC during a visit to the children’s ward at Queen's Hospital, Romford (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Aiden, two, with Matt Partridge (left) and Ian Gayle (right) from Dagenham and Redbridge FC during a visit to the children’s ward at Queen's Hospital, Romford (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

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Christmas kicked off at Romford’s Queen’s Hospital this week with a visit from local football stars.

(L-R) Dad Jamie with baby Ava, Ella, and players Joe Widowdon and Damian Batt  (photo: Arnaud Stephenson) (L-R) Dad Jamie with baby Ava, Ella, and players Joe Widowdon and Damian Batt (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Players from League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge put in an appearance on the Tropical Lagoon children’s ward on Monday, chatting to young patients as well as handing teddies and signed gifts.

The team poses for photos in the atrium (photo: Arnaud Stephenson) The team poses for photos in the atrium (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

During the annual visit, the team took the time to speak to every child on the ward, pausing occasionally for pictures.

Young patient Henry with aunt Lynn and Daggers' Matthew Partridge (photo: Arnaud Stephenson) Young patient Henry with aunt Lynn and Daggers' Matthew Partridge (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

The club’s tour coincided with another visit to King George Hospital, where they stopped by on the Clover ward.

Captain Abu Ogogo said: “I have been visiting King George Hospital with the Daggers for many years and it is such a special place.

“Our visit is always a day of mixed emotions, and it’s always nice to meet the children and their families to create as many smiles as we can.”

Patrick Agyemang and Dyniya, 10 (photo: Arnaud Stephenson) Patrick Agyemang and Dyniya, 10 (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Hospital bosses said other schools and community groups have also popped into the wards to say hello and sing carols to provide a bit of light relief at a tough time for many.

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