Players in virtual visit to Crosshouse kids

Our annual festive visit to University Hospital Crosshouse is one of our most important events and we were determined to find a way to put a smile on faces as members of our squad took part in a virtual visit.

In normal times, our players and staff would have made the trip in person but naturally due to Covid restrictions, this year’s effort took place on Zoom as Aaron McGowan, Brandon Haunstrup and Danny Rogers spoke to children as they were presented with some festive Killie goodies.

The virtual visit is part of our ongoing work with our charity partner, Crosshouse Children’s Fund (established by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity), who raise money for the children’s wards, maternity unit and neonatal unit at our town’s local hospital.

Crosshouse Children’s Fund work tirelessly to enhance hospital experiences, as well as funding enhanced medical equipment and crucial support services for patients, their families and the heroes looking after them in the NHS.

Aaron McGowan said: “2020 has been such a difficult year for so many people and their families and as players, we’re happy to do anything possible to bring a little happiness to them at this time of the year.”

Shona Cardle, Chief Executive at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said: “Being in hospital during the Christmas period can be very difficult for young patients and their families.

“We are delighted to have Crosshouse Children’s Fund partnered with Kilmarnock Football Club, and to have welcomed players virtually to the children’s ward to bring festive cheer to young patients spending Christmas time in hospital.

“We would like to thank Kilmarnock Football Club for today’s special virtual visit and for continuing their support for Crosshouse Children’s Fund during this challenging year.  We hope that we can rely on the continued generosity of businesses, individuals and communities from across Ayrshire and Arran in 2021, so that we can be there for Ayrshire’s children in hospital, their families and the NHS heroes caring for them.”