Cardiff Blues’ surprise visit to children’s ward at Royal Glamorgan Hospital
Ahead of the east versus west derby this Friday evening, the Cardiff Blues squad called in to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to spread some Christmas cheer.
Between their preparations for the Guinness PRO12 showdown against the Scarlets at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park later this week, children at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital were excited to welcome the squad of special visitors to the children’s ward.
22 members of the Blues squad, including front row Welsh and British and Irish Lion stars Adam Jones, Matthew Rees and Gethin Jenkins spent the afternoon signing posters and meeting young patients in the children’s wards at the Llantrisant hospital.
Hooker and Blues captain Rees said: “At this time of year it’s great to be able to meet the children and give them a lift.
“The staff here at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital do fantastic work.
“We all wish the children a speedy recovery and hope they will be home in time for Christmas.”
Johan, aged three (pictured with Rees, Jenkins and Jones) said: “It was fab to meet the Blues!”
All the children on the ward, assisted by the University Health Board’s play leaders made thank you cards for the visiting Blues.
Meryl Wiltshire, senior staff nurse for children’s health at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, said: “Children want to be at home with their families, not in hospital. This is especially true in the run up to Christmas.
“Having the Cardiff Blues visit is a nice surprise for them, and for their families – it helps to keep a smile on their faces. It does wonders for our nurses too!”