Toy Appeal double success!

Friday, 21st December 2007

Manchester Phoenix fans responded in sensational fashion to the clubs annual Toy Appeal for the children in hospital at Christmas. Over the past three weeks the deluge of presents and toys was such that Phoenix players, acting as Santa Claus, didn't make one visit, they had to make two. Wednesday saw players visit the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital and then on Thursday, another group went to Booths Hall Hospital.

A Phoenix spokesperson commented, "the Toy Appeal is all about the children who are unfortunate enough to have to spend Christmas in hospital. The players are just the mechanism to transport the magnificent generosity of our supporters to the children. It's an emotional moment when the presents are handed out and childrens eyes light up and even the biggest and toughest of the guys struggle to contain themselves. The supporters have been simply outstanding in their response to the appeal, it was unbelievable watching the toys come in, we're overwhelmed and so proud of our supporters."

Phoenix MD Neil Morris added, "The staff at the hospitals were delighted to see the Phoenix players and the terrific contribution towards Christmas from our supporters, and they're keen for the players to go back whenever possible. We'll look at the calendar in the New Year and I think we'll organise more visits to see the children and let them see the players in hockey kit too. Anything that brings a smile to their faces is well worth the players time."

Hospital Visit 2007

(Left to Right) Simon Mangos, Jeff MacMillan, Nick Whyatt, Neil Morris, Scott Fankhouser and Scott Basiuk spread a little Christmas cheer

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