Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was delighted to visit Worthing Hospital this afternoon, as members of Albion’s men's and women’s squads handed out presents to numerous children.
The Seagulls boss was joined by Pascal Gross, Markus Suttner, Laura Rafferty and Paul Nevin, while Glenn Murray, Bruno, Jason Steele, Emily Simpkins, Paul Trollope and Ben Roberts visited the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Brighton.
He said, “I’ve done this numerous times over the years and the importance of the trip never lessens.
“It’s only when you’re here that you see how much you’re appreciated by the staff, but mostly the kids and the parents.
“Some of them are very young and they can’t comprehend it all, but they enjoy seeing the presents.
“A lot of them are old enough to recognise some of the players and they really appreciate their time. It’s a really nice event for us in our football calendar.”
The group of Albion players and staff put smiles on the faces of numerous children during their visits, and Hughton showed his understanding towards the contrasting conditions of the young patients.
“It’s one thing to see the pleasure that you give the children, but it’s also about realising that they’re in hospital for a reason — they’re in because they’re poorly, been in an accident or for other reasons.
“They’re in the right place, but of course you feel sorry for their predicament. Some of them are in worse situations that others — some will be in hospital for a couple of days and some will be in for a longer period of time.
“It’s always really nice to put smiles on a few faces, but ultimately it’s about giving something back. It’s great to give the kids a little bit of joy during the short period of time we’re at the hospital.”
Hughton also paid tribute to the exceptional work carried out by the staff at Worthing Hospital, as they put their heart and soul into their job to make life more enjoyable for the young children.
“It hits home what a wonderful job the staff do. They don’t choose to do the job because it’s a job, they choose to do the job because they enjoy it.
‘They give something back to the kids and they care about them. They take great satisfaction from the job they do.
‘For us to support them, not only just today but throughout the year, because of the close association the hospitals have with the football club, it’s really important to us.”