Chiefs Foundation donates gift packs to hospital


Ahead of what is going to be a busy festive period for the Exeter Chiefs, stars from the Gallagher Premiership club today took time out to pay a special visit to the Bramble Children’s Unit at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

Leading the way was Don Armand, who was joined on the day by team-mates Henry Slade, Moray Low, Matt Kvesic, Ben Moon, Sam Skinner, Elvis Taione, Pete Laverick, Tom O’Flaherty, Ollie Devoto and James McRae.

Loaded up with sacks full of presents and other goodies, the players took on the role of Father Christmas for the very special day, getting to meet with parents and youngsters who are potentially facing up to the prospect of remaining on the wards for Christmas and beyond.

As well as presents bought personally by the players, youngsters on the Bramble Unit were also presented with Junior Chiefs Supporters packs, little Big Chief toys and wall planners, all of which had been purchased through the Exeter Chiefs Foundation, the club’s official charity.

The Chiefs players also took time out this year to visit the Maternity Ward, as well as Cherrybrook Ward, which is the Day Case Chemotherapy Unit at the hospital.

Armand said: “You have mixed emotions coming here because it’s nice to put smiles on people’s faces and try and cheer the kids up, but some of the wards are really tough. That said, we always enjoy coming here and spending some time with the children, parents and the staff who do a fantastic job every day of the year.

“For us as players and also as parents ourselves, it’s about giving something back to people who are suffering around Christmas time. We aim to cheer the kids up, give them a few presents and try and bring a smile to their day. It’s something that’s very important for all of us at the Chiefs.”

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