Bath Rugby players visited The Barbara Russell Children’s Unit at Frenchay Hospital last Thursday. Ben Skirving and Scott Hobson spent time with many of the children in beds on the ward as well as playing a game of mini rugby with some of those recovering. Scott said: “It's been great to see everyone so positive despite the reality that they will more than likely spend Christmas in Hospital.”
The players are becoming regular visitors to the Unit, having visited several times this last year. They look forward to meeting the children and to spreading a bit of cheer. Earlier in the year Andy Beattie went along and said: ‘We had a really lovely afternoon. It is always a humbling experience, but it seems like the kids seem to be doing fantastically well, so really good. It was brilliant’.
The players do a wide range of community visits throughout the year but Christmas has to be a special time for them when they visit local hospitals and alms houses.
The Unit specialises in neuroscience, burns and plastics and has patients from all over the South West spreading down to Devon and Cornwall.
It is a 32 bed unit and is divided into two parts, one for head and spine injuries and the other for burns and scalds. The unit also has a general orthopaedics section.