21 December 2011, 2:05pm
The Bath Rugby Foundation team together with Bath Rugby players were out in Bath again today; this time at the Royal United Hospital. Travelling in an old fashioned ambulance, kindly provided by Fast Ambulance, and loaded with toys provided by The Disney Store, they arrived at the Children’s Centre and then made their way to the Pre-school Assessment and Therapy (PAT) Centre where early presents were distributed to the children.
Jimmy Deane, Foundation Manager was dressed as Santa and his helpers in green and red tights and with players Ben Skirving, Duncan Bell and Mark Lilley wearing Santa hats. It was the player’s first experience of the PAT Centre party and Ben Skirving said: “We are really excited to be invited this year. It is a great way to be involved in the community and Christmas is such a very special time to visit the children and to deliver Santa’s presents.”
Emma Emery and Nikki Greenwood from the PAT Centre said that they were delighted and that without the support of the Foundation, none of this could happen: “It is so lovely to see the children enjoying themselves, especially as a number of them have to attend the Centre for a number of different therapies. Jimmy and Pam make this a very special event and we are all truly grateful. Having Ben, Duncan & Mark too is the icing on the cake!” they added.
This is the fifth year that Bath Rugby have visited the Centre at Christmas. Players have arrived in various modes of transport including helicopters, horse and carriages and ambulances – who knows what mode of transport it will be next year!