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Chester FC’s players gave a festive performance as the role of Father Christmas as they dropped in at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s children’s ward to distribute toys and gifts donated to the Chronicle-backed BiG Storage Toy Appeal.

This year’s BiG Active Toy Appeal has seen a great deal of toys donated so far as the target of 5,000 new toys and gifts as well as sporting equipment gets closer.

The squad of players, along with manager Steve Burr, visited the Countess of Chester Hospital where they presented the children’s ward with gifts donated to the Toy Appeal, and in the process met some of the children who are in hospital, and helped light up the faces of the children with BiG smiles.

 

Chester manager Steve Burr said: “We were delighted to help the BiG Storage Toy Appeal, and deliver the presents to the children’s ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital. It was fantastic to be able to meet the children on the day and hand over some Christmas presents to them. It was also great to see our players getting into the spirit with the blue and white Santa outfits too!”

Business development manager at BiG Storage Jeff Banks, said: “It’s fantastic to see the players at Chester FC getting involved with our Toy Appeal, and I’d like to thank all the fans and the Chester public who have been so generous with their donations so far, they really will make a difference to the children for Christmas.”

The Big Storage Toy Appeal is now its ninth year and once again the response from the public, businesses and sports clubs has been fantastic.

Charities such as Miles of Smiles, Save the Family, The Babygrow Appeal, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and other hardworking charities will all benefit from the huge number of donations in time for Christmas. BiG Storage are still taking donations of new toys and gifts up to Christmas, Chronicle readers can drop off at the BiG Storage Chester branch on Sealand Road, next to B&Q, Chester. Call 01244 399993.