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Town spread festive cheer in 2023

Men's and Women's teams visited Great Western hospital this Christmas

19 December 2023

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Town spread festive cheer in 2023

Men's and Women's teams visited Great Western hospital this Christmas

19 December 2023

The Swindon Town squad have been busy spreading Christmas cheer by delivering presents at Great Western Hospital this year.

Players from the men’s team including captain Charlie Austin, Frazer Blake-Tracy, Lewis Ward and Tom Clayton were joined by manager Michael Flynn this festive period.

They also toured the children's ward, chatting with patients and their families, giving out gifts, signing autographs and posing for photographs.

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“Just to be able to be here and deliver, not just presents but smiles on these guys' faces is a privilege,” said Austin.

“There's a little girl who mentioned we made her day and that's important and that's nice for us to be able to bring that to them when we come here.

“I also have to mention all the nurses and doctors, who are doing such an unbelievable job.

“They are real-life superheroes and we’re so proud of them and our NHS, so to be able to give back and bring smiles to the local community is just fantastic.”

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This was followed by our Women's first-team and development squad visiting the hospital the following Monday, with first-team assistant manager Jonny House and development team manager Chiarna Deller joining a number of Women's first-team and development players.

House said: “I think I speak for the whole of STWFC when I say what an incredible privilege it has been to be invited down to GWH to hand out presents. 

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It was so nice to see players from our first and development squads have the opportunity to meet and chat with children and their parents and generally spend some time with them as well as handing out lots of presents.
 
“The support for STWFC has been growing and it’s been a great day being out in our community.
 
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If we’ve put a smile on a child’s face and given them just a few minutes of festive cheer then that makes it all so worthwhile.”

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