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Blues footballers help spread the love at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Press Release   •   Feb 14, 2013 15:33 GMT

Birmingham City Football players Steven Caldwell and Callum Reilly took time out of their busy schedules to join a fun-filled Valentine’s party in Birmingham Children’s hospital’s Play Centre.

Steven and Callum got stuck in to making and decorating special Valentine’s Day cards with children and young people from the hospital, and even ended up getting covered in glue and glitter themselves. The glittery duo then played games, joked and chatted with some of the hospital’s patients, their families and hospital staff.

Whilst at the hospital the pair also surprised one of the hard-working nurses from Ward 15. Nurse Harpreet Marwaha - a lifelong Blues supporter - was presented with handcrafted Valentine’s Day cards from both Blues stars to celebrate her birthday.

Harpreet said: “I was surprised and delighted by my visit, the Valentine’s cards were lovely – and I really appreciate the special effort the players made for me.”

Captain Steven Caldwell, said: “It was a fantastic day and I really enjoyed meeting all the patients and staff. As players, we always enjoy taking time out to visit Birmingham Children’s Hospital and, judging by all of the smiles we’ve seen on the children’s faces, we should never underestimate what a difference these little gestures can make.

Michelle Williams, mother of patients Ella and Joseph who were entertained by the players, explained: "The Play Centre is brilliant for Ella and Joseph as well as being a great break for us all. Ella has been in hospital for over two weeks so it is very difficult to keep the children entertained all of the time. Both Ella and Joseph really enjoyed making the Valentine's cards which they made for Ella’s nurses on Ward 2.”


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