Players from Chesterfield FC have been spreading Christmas cheer by meeting young patients at the town’s hospital.
The entire playing squad and club mascot Chester the Field Mouse spent time on the children’s ward, posing for photos and giving out presents.
Angel Martinez, who was among the Spireites taking part in the trip, said: “It’s a great chance to visit the hospital, see the kids and make some children happy.
“We are very fortunate to be able to do that because we are privileged to come, give presents to the children and we are happy to help them.
“I have three daughters myself and I feel fortunate because I can give everything to them, but to see children with problems makes you think seriously about life - so it’s so nice to help make the children smile.”
And Peter Whiteley from the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, explained: “We always get the players to contribute each year.
“The players have dug into their pockets and we’ve been to the club superstore and one or two other places.
“We’ve also had the toy appeal this year and members of the general public have come in and donated toys. We even had a few spare ones that we left at the ward for other children who are in hospital over the Christmas period.
“It’s a horrible time to be in hospital, so for the players to come in, make a bit of a fuss of them and be given a handful of presents must be great.”