The Heart of Midlothian Football Club first team squad has made their annual Christmas visit to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Bearing gifts, purchased by the players themselves, the squad made their way around the hospital’s wards, meeting kids and their families and helping to spread some festive cheer.
The club also gifted a door as part of Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity’s living advent calendar, which sees a different door in the hospital opened each day of December to reveal a special surprise.
Club captain Christophe Berra said: “This can be a hard time of year, especially if your children are not well and face a period in hospital.
“Many of the players have young families and it is a difficult notion to comprehend.
“Which is why we always look forward to visiting the Sick Kids. It offers us the chance to give something back and if our presence can put a few smiles on some faces then it’s an afternoon well spent.”
The visit was arranged by Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, which supports and complements the RHSC.
Fiona O’Sullivan, Arts Programme Manager at ECHC, said: “Whenever the football teams visit the hospital, all the children absolutely love it.
“Some of the kids are massive football fans and avid supporters of Hearts FC so it really makes their day to meet their favourite players.
“Christmas is a very special time of year and we work hard to ensure no child or young person misses out on the joy and magic of the festive season. It’s the generosity of our supporters, like the Hearts players, that enables us to do this.”