Players Spread Christmas Joy at Crosshouse Hospital

The Kilmarnock FC first-team squad made a heartwarming visit to the children’s wards at University Hospital Crosshouse on Wednesday to help spread the Christmas spirit.

Club captain Kyle Vassell led a squad of teammates, spending time with many local babies, children and teenagers who will have to spend the Christmas period in hospital.

The visit was not only an opportunity for the young patients to meet their football heroes, but also a chance for the players to connect with staff and some of the biggest fans who are currently unable to attend matches while they receive treatment.

Kilmarnock FC’s club captain Kyle Vassell commented: “The club’s partnership with Crosshouse Children’s Fund is vital as we’re passionate about doing as much as we can within the community.

“When people are in hospital it’s not normally for great reasons, so if we can cheer them up and share a bit of Christmas spirit with them then it’s great, we enjoy it too.”


Facilitated by the Crosshouse Children’s Fund, players took time to hand out merchandise, sign autographs, and pose for pictures; creating lasting memories for the children and their families.

Crosshouse Children’s Fund and Kilmarnock FC have worked together for several years to ensure young people in Ayrshire receive the best possible care. The club has previously supported with virtual visits during Covid-19 and with fundraising events at The BBSP Stadium, Rugby Park and the adjacent Park Hotel.

Kirsten Watson, CEO of Crosshouse Children’s Fund, said: “We were delighted to have Kilmarnock FC at the hospital once again. The players and staff helped create moments of happiness for families in hospital at this time of year.

“While some children will not celebrate Christmas at home this year, the squad made sure they created a different kind of memory in hospital.”

The club wish to thank Rebekah from Crosshouse Children’s Fund and Hospital Play Specialist Michelle for arranging the visit, alongside Jim Courtney of Courtney Travel for transferring the players to and from the hospital.

A special mention also goes to Kyle Fisher who chaperoned the squad after participating in the annual visit for the fifth year running.

Take a look at the image gallery, courtesy of Jeff Holmes.

About Crosshouse Children’s Fund

From the tiniest babies in the neonatal unit at Ayrshire Maternity, to the paediatric wards at Crosshouse and throughout the community, Crosshouse Children’s Fund is the charity for Ayrshire’s children in hospital.

With the help of communities across Ayrshire and Arran, Crosshouse Children’s Fund has already invested more than £350,000 in life-changing projects; but there is so much more to do. Every year, 25,000 babies, children and young people require hospital treatment in Ayrshire.

With the help of donors, fundraisers and volunteers, Crosshouse Children’s Fund strives to make a life-changing impact for each and every one of them.