Fulham FC players visit The Children’s Trust with Christmas treats

Fulham Football Club’s players met children, families and staff and had gifts for the children when they visited on 17 December. Defender’s Liam Donnelly, Ryan Fredericks and Cameron Burgess toured around our specialist centre in Tadworth, while giving out presents. Commenting on the visit, organised by Fulham Football Club Foundation, Ryan Fredericks said: “Visiting The Children's Trust at Christmas time is a highlight for us, and we feel very privileged to be here. Seeing the smiles on the youngsters’ faces is something that I’ll take with me.” Jean Rodd, care assistant at The Children’s Trust for over 17 years, said: “We really appreciate Fulham coming to see the young people here. Some of the young people aren’t able to go home for Christmas, so visits like this give them a real boost.
Richard meeting players from Fulham FC
"It’s truly heart-warming to see how generous the players are with their time when they come and visit.” Richard Evans who is a residential pupil at The Children’s Trust School will be staying at the centre during the festive period. Richard has complex health needs including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, a heart condition and uncontrolled spasms and he requires 24 hour care. Staff at the centre will be making the day as special as possible, opening presents, cooking Christmas dinner, playing music and watching Christmas movies. Jean added: “Richard is a very happy, bubbly young man, with a great sense of humour. He loves rock music, being read stories and football, and he was very excited about meeting the Fulham players.”  During a tour of the facilities, the players signed autographs and posed for photos with children and staff.

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‘‘Visiting The Children's Trust at Christmas time is a highlight for us, and we feel very privileged to be here. Seeing the smiles on the youngsters’ faces is something that I’ll take with me.’’Ryan Fredericks

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