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These visits are so important

NAHKI Wells was joined by players from QPR’s men’s and women’s teams on a recent visit to Hillingdon Hospital, looking to spread some festive joy for those unfortunate enough to be spending the Christmas period in a hospital bed.

Grant Hall, Josh Scowen, Todd Kane, Ryan Manning and Ilias Chair joined Wells, together with QPR Women’s players Laura Hennessy, Lily Last and Ailish Carolan.

They handed out gifts and spoke with patients, parents and staff during a 90-minute visit at the hospital which is located near the club’s Harlington training ground.

Wells, a father of young twins, told www.qpr.co.uk: “Being a dad of two, you have experience of what these times are like and what some kids have to go through.

“You just try to spread a bit of positivity and put some smiles on faces.

“The club are always emphasising to us that it isn’t just about what we do as players on the pitch, it’s about what we do off it too.

“This sort of visit may not seem significant but it’s the bear minimum of what we can do, to come here and help people to smile.

“I know what it is like to be sat at hospital with your kids for hours and hours, and just having a different face coming in and changing the atmosphere can make a big difference – even a new toy to play with, that can make both the child and parent smile, even for a bit.

“That’s why these visits matter and why they are so important.”

It was the first time the men’s team were joined by players from the women’s team for the annual hospital trip, and Hennessey said: “It has been a fantastic experience for us to be here and involved in this.

“Some of the patients have been here for a long time so this sort of visit can just make it a break from the norm.

“Today isn’t about the players; it is about the kids, the parents and the nurses.”

Hennessey also spoke highly of the hard-working people at the hospital, adding: “The staff here are so fantastic, they can’t do enough for the kids and you can see just how much they care for their patients.

“QPR do a great job in the community through the Trust, and not just at Christmas but throughout the year and it is a privilege to be a part of it.”

It isn’t just about what we do as players on the pitch, it’s about what we do off it too.

Nahki Wells