The annual tradition had to change this year as, due to current restrictions, the club were unable to deliver their gifts in person as they traditionally have.
Instead, to make sure the children received their gifts, the club ordered presents which were delivered directly to the unit.
The presents, which included toys and electronics to suit all ages of those staying on the unit, as well club-branded scarfs, blankets and hats, were handed out by staff in full personal protective equipment.
Play specialist, Holly Barnes, said, “It has been wonderful to receive these presents.
“This year has been quite miserable for a lot of people and Christmas will be hard enough in the hospital for many of our younger patients. Christmas feels so far removed for them this year.
“The presents have brought some much-needed festive cheer and we’re looking forward to some normality in the New Year.”
Amongst those staying on the unit this Christmas is 15-year-old Phoebe Densumby.
“The presents have been really good, and it was very thoughtful of the club to donate them. I received an AFCB blanket and headphones,” said Phoebe.
In a video compilation message, AFC Bournemouth manager, Jason Tindall, said, “To everyone at Poole Hospital, we’re sorry we can’t be there this year. We just want to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year and we hope to see you all soon.”
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