Hammers spread Christmas cheer

The festive season is a time for goodwill and the players of West Ham United were keen to spare a thought for those less fortunate this year.

The entire first-team squad went along to the Queen's Hospital in Romford to brighten up the mood on the children's ward. The youngsters were delighted as the team spent time with them and handed out presents and goodie bags.

West Ham United captain Lucas Neill said: "The boys played Santa for the day handing out presents to kids who unfortunately find themselves injured or ill at a time when they should be at home enjoying the festivities. The aim really was to bring a smile to their faces and do what we could to cheer them up. All the staff do deserve a lot of credit for doing a job that is very unselfish. It takes a very special person to do it so it was nice to know we had brightened their day as well. "

  • Check out the matchday programme against Reading on Boxing Day for a special picture feature, or log on or register with WHUTV to see special video coverage of the visit.