VIDEO: Dundee United players club together and hand out presents to kids in hospital

Dundee United players and staff spread some Christmas cheer today by visiting children at Ninewells Hospital.

The players rallied round and raised around £1,000 from their own pockets to spend on gifts which the handed out to the youngsters.

The United stars spent time with the kids and happily signed autographs for both in and out-patients.

Taking time out of the preparations ahead of the game against Queen of the South on Saturday, captain Willo Flood said the team was happy to see the youngsters.

He said: “We always look forward to visiting Ninewells at this time of year to spread a little festive cheer and meet some of the patients.

Dundee United players and staff with some of the kids in hospital.

“It’s a small act for us to spend some time to bring some joy, especially to children who cannot be home for Christmas.

“It’s also fantastic to meet some of the staff who do an amazing job all year round.”

NHS Tayside Chairman Professor John Connell added that the players’ visit will have been a boost to those in hospital at this time of year.

He said: “We are always delighted to welcome the players and officials from Dundee United to Ninewells at Christmas.

“Having to be in the hospital at Christmas time is never pleasant, but visits like this make the time more bearable, especially for children.

“We are very grateful to Dundee United for their generosity and for taking the time out of their busy training schedule.”

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