POORLY youngsters had a reason to smile when they received a special visit from the Spireites.
Chesterfield FC players called in at the Royal’s Nightingale Ward to chat to youngsters and hand out Christmas presents.
Striker Dean Morgan said: “It’s not where they want to be (at Christmas), but hopefully we can make a difference and cheer them up.”
Little Jacob Harrington, 2, from Mastin Moor, who suffers with asthma and has been in hospital with a chest infection was joined by his big brother Luke, 7, to meet the stars.
Mum Nicole said Luke had been looking forward to seeing the players and hopefully having his little brother home for a couple of hours on Christmas day.
Goalkeeper Tommy Lee said: It’s tough if children are in over Christmas. It’s good if we can put a smile on their faces.”
In the games room, cystic fibrosis sufferer Tyler Dixon, 13, who was due home today after a fortnight stay, met the players.
His mum Fay, from Staveley, said: “He was ready for going home but he wanted to stay and see them. It has cheered him up.”
Defender Gregor Robertson said the whole team had come along.
“It’s good to support the community,” he added.