Children in Tameside Hospital’s paediatric department were stunned when Manchester United midfielder, Juan Mata, dropped by to hand out some presents and have photographs taken with the young patients and parents.
Juan took time out of his busy schedule to visit the hospital as part of the Three Kings Day (Epiphany) celebrations, which marks the end of the Christmas period (Friday 6th January). He met children in the hospital’s inpatient ward as well as children who were visiting the hospital for outpatient appointments.
When asked about the visit, Juan said: “I think today has been great. The work the staff do for the children to get better, in difficult situations, especially during Christmas can be a difficult period; so I’m very happy that I came and met the staff and the kids. Hopefully I helped to put a smile on some faces; it’s been a great day.”
Karen James, chief executive at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT said: “We were delighted when we heard Juan had chosen Tameside Hospital to visit. The children, parents and staff were all delighted to see him. He spent lots of time chatting to the children, handing out gifts and having pictures taken. It was a real treat for everybody and I am delighted we were able to host such a special event.”