Rotherham United’s Ben Pringle and Jordan Bowery got creative off the field after taking part in a Christmas card making competition at the Rotherham Hospice.
The duo joined in with nurses and patients to help promote Hospice Care Week where Rotherham Hospice joins forces with 100 other hospices across the UK to explore the theme of Hospice care, everywhere - and to highlight how hospice care can help change lives in different settings beyond the hospice building.
Ben and Jordan met with patient Joan Kell who helped the lads create a Christmas card each before Nurse Kelsi Sukumar judged that Ben’s attempt was the best after a close contest.
“It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with some remarkable people and I was honoured to meet the nurses and residents of the Rotherham Hospice," said Ben. "It wasn't what I thought it was going to be like; it was a vibrant place with so much happening and I was buzzing when I beat Jordan in the Christmas card competition, even if I did it upside down by accident.
“Joan coached us well with both attempts, I think it is the first time I’ve been cutting and sticking since I was at school, so I was happy with my effort.”
After meeting Joan the Millers pair had a chat with another resident Susan who talked about following the club back in the 1970s.
“It was great to meet Joan and then Susan who was telling us about the times when she watched the Millers during the Millmoor days,” added Jordan. "She was telling us about the Kop choir and she even sang us a song about Bertie Mee and Bill Shankly. Everyone was in great spirits though and there's some amazing work done there by so many people.
“The Nurses here do a great job, they made us feel really welcome and it was a pleasure to be involved in promoting Hospice Care Week."
The Rotherham Hospice are currently preparing for their next event events which is the Santa Dash on the 14th December. For more information visit www.rotherhamhospice.org.uk or click here