Children at a hospice have received a pre-Christmas surprise - a visit by two Albion footballers.

Billy Gilmour and Jason Steele dropped in to Chestnut Tree House near Arundel where they handed out Christmas presents and chatted with the young patients and their families.

The pair also took time to tour the hospice and sit down to play video games with the children.

Seagulls midfielder Gilmour said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet the children and families at the Chestnut Tree House and get a glimpse first-hand into the incredible things that happen there.

“Thank you to the hospice team for arranging our visit and showing us around – it is a truly magical place. I hope that the Chestnut children, young people and their families enjoy their presents and have a wonderful Christmas.”


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Gilmour and Steele, alongside mascot Gully, visited the hospice on Tuesday.

The Argus: Gully meets Chestnut Tree House childrenGully meets Chestnut Tree House children (Image: Chestnut Tree House)

The hospice offers support to children with life-limiting illnesses and bereavement services to their families.

Chestnut Tree House activities team lead Jack Northeast: “We have lots of Albion fans at Chestnut Tree House and the visit has brought so much joy to the children and their families.

“We’d like to thank the players for their kindness and generosity in spending so much time with us, especially at such a busy time for the team.”