Motherwell players spread festive cheer

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Motherwell FC aces Scott McDonald, Louis Moult and Liam Grimshaw spread some festive cheer by donning Santa hats and handing out presents at Wishaw General Hospital.

The players visited the hospital on Tuesday afternoon to chat to the youngsters in Ward 20 and give them selection boxes.

Scott McDonald meets one-year-old Blantyre girl Hope Wilson (Pic by Alan Watson)

Scott McDonald meets one-year-old Blantyre girl Hope Wilson (Pic by Alan Watson)

Among the recipients of the selection boxes was 13-year-old patient Cameron Anderson of Law, who was delighted to see the players.

He said: “Thanks for coming, supporting the ward and making us happy.”

Other kids getting presents were: Grace Coakley (6 months), of Bellshill; Maddison Hamilton (2), of Hamilton; Liam Boyd (2), of Bellshill; one-year-old Hope Wilson of Blantyre; two-year-old Drake Paterson of Bridge of Weir; Jake Gribben (7), of Hamilton and four-year-old Savannah McGeorge.

They warmed the hearts of the ’Well stars.

“I’ve been doing this for quite a few years at various clubs,” Scott told the Times and Speaker.

“It’s always nice to come to these places.

“I have three kids of my own, so it hits home more and more when you see kids who aren’t well.

“It is nice if you can give them a little lift and then see the smiles on their faces.

“It is always great to keep in touch with the community by being involved in something like this.

“You have to take your hat off to the hospital staff. They work ever so hard day in and day out.”

Scott said he was “really looking forward” to the challenge of returning to former club Celtic with Motherwell this Saturday.

“The plan is to come away with a good result,” Scott said.

“Celtic are very good and will be hard to beat.

“Our play this year has been good in parts but not consistent enough. We are one of many teams struggling for consistency. Partick have now won three in a row. We want to replicate that.

“If we pick up any sort of positive result at Celtic then that will be three unbeaten and hopefully we can roll on.”