JOLLY rugby players, Christmas carols and reindeer games
were all part of the Green and Whites Christmas visit at the
Nottingham Children's Hospital earlier this week.
Merry Men: Joshua
Taylor, 5, with Nottingham Rugby players (L to R) Joe Munro, Andrew
Savage, David Jackson, Tim Streather, Brent Wilson.
Nottingham scrum-half Sean Romans tucked the rugby ball away for
the afternoon and picked up his guitar to lead an afternoon of
festive sing songs at the Queen's Medical Centre.
With golden tonsils Joe Munro, most famous for his rendition
ofFairytale of Nottinghamlast year, adding his voice to the tone
deaf choir of teammates, the RFU Championship club belted out
traditional favouritesJingle BellsandSanta Claus is Coming to
But the young patients, families, nurses and doctors were most
impressed by a twist on a classic - Archie the Red Nosed
With the club mascot busting a move, players signing posters and
handing out gifts, it seemed that a very unique Christmas story was
coming to life on the children's ward.
Munro is convinced Nottingham Rugby stumbled on a chart topper
with their Archie tune.
"It went down extremely well and is maybe something we can
perform more often as it seems to be a hit in the making with the
children," Munro said.
"Considering we hadn't practiced, I thought, apart from
stumbling at the start, that it went really well, especially in
those last few songs."
The fast-rising centre said the time with patients, sitting in
the dialysis unit and helping with a bit of school work in the
class room, was the greatest gift he could think of giving this
"This time of year is about being cheerful and joyful for the
kids and anything we can do to bring some of that to the children
is really fulfilling," said Munro.
"A lot of the boys jumped at the chance to volunteer because it
is a really important time of year when these youngsters are going
through some hard times."
Nottingham Children's Hospital Play Specialist Claire Hardy
said: "Nottingham Rugby players really spread some Christmas cheer
and put a lot of smiles on people's faces with their carol
"The passion and commitment that the players showed in chatting
to patients and families was fantastic to see."