22/12/2010 16:59, Report by Nick Coppack

Reds bring festive cheer

Patients at cancer research centre The Christie and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital were treated to visits from United's first-team stars on Tuesday morning.

In what's become an annual event, the players delivered presents and helped spread Christmas cheer in the wards to dozens of children and teenagers, many of whom will spend their Christmas Day in hospital.

Both venues receive regular support from the Manchester United Foundation, the charitable arm of the football Club that has helped raise more than £700,000 for charity over the paast 12 months.

Wayne Rooney, pictured above with Chantelle and her dad Billy at the Manchester Royal Children's Hospital, was one of the many players who gave up his time on Tuesday to help brighten the patients' day. You can click on the main picture to view more images from the hospital visit.

Find out more about the facilities: The Christie | Royal Manchester


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