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Saracens players bring Christmas cheer to patients at West Mid

08 December 2015

Players from Saracens Rugby Club made a special visit to the children’s wards and a care of the elderly ward at West Middlesex University Hospital on Thursday 3 December to bring some Christmas cheer to patients and staff.

Players from Saracens Rugby Club made a special visit to the children’s wards and a care of the elderly ward at West Middlesex University Hospital on Thursday 3 December to bring some Christmas cheer to patients and staff.

Taking time out of their schedule, Matt Hankin and Baden Kerr spent the afternoon taking photos, signing autographs and talking at length with patients and their families. They even joined in with Singing for the Brain – an Alzheimer’s Society programme which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment. With Christmas fast approaching, the visit was warmly received by patients, families and staff alike.

Matt joined the Saracens senior squad in 2011 and enjoyed international success with the England U20s team, helping them to victory in the Junior World Cup in 2013. Baden, originally from New Zealand, moved to Saracens in the summer of 2015 after the opportunity to play in the northern hemisphere arose. Both players, although not taking part, kept a close eye on the recent Rugby World Cup with matches played at nearby Twickenham Stadium, for which West Middlesex University Hospital was the receiving hospital.

Marisa Rodriguez, Ward Manager for Crane Ward, said: “We are very grateful Matt and Baden came to visit our ward. One patient had a very long chat about rugby – it has brought back fond memories for patients and put smiles on their faces. This kind of gesture goes a long way and makes a huge difference, not only for patients but also for the staff.”

Following their visit, Matt and Baden said: “We really enjoyed our afternoon at West Mid. It’s been great to meet patients and staff, to give something back and to trade smiles. Sometimes we don’t realise what a visit like this means and it’s been really nice to brighten up their day, even just a bit.”