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Dagenham & Redbridge make annual Christmas trip to local hospitals

PUBLISHED: 10:30 14 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:31 14 December 2016

Dagenham & Redbridge players (from left) Corey Whitely, Joe White, Sam Ling, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Jimmy Shepherd visit the children's ward at King George Hospital (pic: David Simpson)

Dagenham & Redbridge players (from left) Corey Whitely, Joe White, Sam Ling, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Jimmy Shepherd visit the children's ward at King George Hospital (pic: David Simpson)

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Daggers squad visited children’s wards at King George Hosptial and Queen’s Hosptial

Dagenham & Redbridge player Paul Benson during the Christmas hospital visit (pic: Dave Simpson) Dagenham & Redbridge player Paul Benson during the Christmas hospital visit (pic: Dave Simpson)

Dagenham & Redbridge brought some Christmas cheer to the children’s wards at King George Hospital, Goodmayes and Queen’s Hospital, Romford by making their annual visit on Monday.

Dagenham & Redbridge players (l-r) Magnus Okuonghae, Joe Widdowson and Chris Assombalonga during the Chrismas hospital visit (pic: Dave Simpson) Dagenham & Redbridge players (l-r) Magnus Okuonghae, Joe Widdowson and Chris Assombalonga during the Chrismas hospital visit (pic: Dave Simpson)

After training at M&B Sports Ground in the morning, Daggers split into two groups to visit the hospitals, with one half heading to King George and the other making the trip to Queen’s.

Dagenham & Redbridge players and staff pose with hospital staff during their Christmas visit (pic: Dave Simpson) Dagenham & Redbridge players and staff pose with hospital staff during their Christmas visit (pic: Dave Simpson)

The squad visited every patient on the respective children’s wards and also provided gifts such as ticket vouchers, copies of Football Manager 2017 and signed programmes to be used in raffles.

The players also posed with children, their parents and staff and signed autographs during their visit.

The trip was well received, with Barking, Havering & Redbridge Trust paediatric nurse Sophie Hart taking to Twitter to thank Daggers.

“Thank you to Dagenham & Redbridge for visiting Clover ward & bringing gifts for the children - made their day!” Hart posted on the social media site.

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