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PNE Visit RPH Children's Ward

14 December 2022

Preston North End's annual visit to Royal Preston Hospital's children's ward returned as manager Ryan Lowe and members of the squad were on hand to spread some festive cheer.

The visit had been unable to go ahead over the last two years due to Covid restrictions, but this year a small group were allowed to meet the children, hand out gifts and deliver a wide-range of presents for the ward.

The gaffer was joined by club captain Alan Browne, Greg Cunningham and Ryan Ledson, while members of PNECET staff also made the visit to see the children.

Speaking of the importance of days such as this, manager Ryan Lowe said: "It's always nice to come and show our support and bring them some selection boxes and signed pictures and a lot of toys for the ward.

"It's special moments like this that make you realise, we are just playing football week in week out and there are a lot of kids in hospital over the Christmas period so to be able to come and show our support and our love and support is always nice.

"Things like this just bring it home, hopefully the kids we have seen today can get home soon and we wish them all the best in their recovery but it's massively important for us to show our love to them while they are in hospital."

PNECET's Bradley North spent time in hospital as a child and knows how important the visits can be for the children. Speaking at the hospital, he said: "When I was younger I had bone cancer and I went through some intense chemotherapy sessions so I spent lot of time in hospital from the age of 11 to 15 so I was on the children's ward.

"It's never nice being in hospital but when you do get a footballer or someone visit you it does give you a lift, and even for your brothers, or your mum and dad, it just makes your day and it breaks your week up."

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