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Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines brought smiles to the faces of many children on Tuesday by making a surprise visit to Whiston Hospital.

The Blues' defensive duo played the role of Father Christmas by handing out presents to those on the two busy children's wards.

Whiston Visit

Both were happy to spread some early festive cheer by spending their afternoon posing for photos and chatting to the patients, parents and staff.

Coleman explained that it was rewarding to see how a small gesture could go such a long way.

"It's great for the players to come out and do these things," the Republic of Ireland defender told evertontv. "To put a smile on some kids' faces - and the parents as well - at this time of year is very special."

Whiston Visit

Baines echoed the sentiments of his teammate, adding: "Visits like this are always a good thing to do and it puts a perspective on things.

"When you have your own kids, you are touched that bit more when you do see other children and parents in difficult situations because they are the type of position you don't want to find yourself in."

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