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PSV stars brought a smile to the faces of young children and their parents on a Christmas visit to four hospitals in the community on Thursday afternoon. One half of the squad met patients at the children's wards at St Anna Hospital in Geldrop and the Máxima Medical Centre in Veldhoven. A second group paid a visit to the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven and the University Medical Centre in Nijmegen. They chatted with the children and their parents, handing out gifts to boost Christmas spirit amongst the sick patients and signing a great many autographs. PSV mascot Phoxy accompanied the players in Nijmegen to cheer up the young patients.

The visit is an annual event. Each year, PSV players take time out to visit a number of hospitals in the week before Christmas. PSV has been partner of KWF Fight against Cancer since 2005 and supports the research into cancers affecting young children. The University Medical Centre in Nijmegen is a leading academic centre with expertise in medical science and healthcare, where young children receive outstanding cancer treatment. That's why a large group of PSV players visited that hospital.

'We want to bring a bit of joy and cheer up these young patients and their parents with our goodwill visit. They should actually spend Christmas at home with their families. We do enjoy these visits. We are delighted to bring a smile to their faces. Whether you have got children yourself or not, we find it quite an emotional experience', said PSV captain Timmy Simons.
The visits had been organised in co-operation with Philips Medical Systems and DaDa Foundation and their suppliers. This foundation makes efforts to provide better chances and a better quality of life for young patients that need extra care and provisions. They organise a number of fund-raising activities and events in order to realise projects in hospitals and medical institutions. Key words are involvement and care.