Pirates Bring Joy Before Christmas
By CHSW_ | Friday, December 13, 2013, 15:12
The home win for the Cornish Pirates against Jersey was just the start of celebrations last week as the players and supporters, filled with Christmas joy, felt inspired to collect presents for the children at Children's Hospice South West (CHSW)'s Little Harbour.
Squad with members of care team
At recent games and throughout training the team had been collecting wrapped presents from team members as well as Pirates' supporters to donate to life limited children for Christmas this year.
The Cornish Pirates with Santa in tow made a special visit to Little Harbour last week in order to drop off the presents that had been donated by players and supporters for the children who visit the hospice in St Austell.
Players presented some of the children staying at Little Harbour with presents and left the rest under the tree to be opened at their Christmas party and on the big day. The Cornish Pirates also presented the Care and Fundraising Teams with gifts to show their acknowledgement of the hard work undertaken by the whole Little Harbour team throughout the year.
Whilst at Little Harbour the squad were given a tour of the facilities that the children's hospice houses and were shown everything from the ball pool to the Jacuzzi and the multi-sensory room. Getting to see the hospice and its' facilities that allow families to have a break from the stresses of caring and allows children to live as normal a life as possible was a heartwarming moment for the team.
"We were absolutely blown away by Little Harbour. It was not what we were expecting at all. The place is full of energy & positivity that really hits you when you walk through the door. The visit was an extremely humbling & inspiring experience. Childrens Hospice South West do an incredible job and have a huge impact not just on the children but on the whole family and their support network. We were extremely proud to support them & are incredibly grateful to all those supporters who donated gifts as this would not have happened without you!" Chris Morgan, Cornish Pirates Player.
And of course there was time for a little play in the ball pool and on the swings as the players let their inner-child run free!
Emma Lloyd, Head of Fundraising at Little Harbour said "The team has been so generous with their time and donations and it was great to have them at Little Harbour and for them to meet some of our families who happened to be rugby fans too! We appreciate all their donated presents so much and we can't wait to see the children's faces light up when they open them."
Little Harbour is a children's hospice that cares for children with life limiting conditions. Families supported by Little Harbour can visit for planned respite stays, emergency care as well as inevitably end of life care and bereavement support. Little Harbour is also celebrating its' second anniversary since opening in December 2011 and is currently supporting over 70 families from Cornwall and Plymouth.