19:00 18th December 2013
. . . Swans host party for children from Morriston Hospital's Burns Unit
It was party time at the Liberty Stadium tonight as hundreds of children from Morriston Hospital met up with the Swans squad.
In the annual visit made by the hospital, manager Michael Laudrup, captain Ashley Williams and the team were joined by patients of the Oakwood Ward/Burns Unit for a festive party organised by the club and avid Swans fan Phil Lake, who regularly raises money for children in local hospitals.
Also joining the party were children who had been admitted to the ward throughout the year, while the Swans squad will visit the Oakwood Ward/Burns Unit tomorrow (Thursday) to meet those who were unable to attend.
Swans skipper Williams said it was a privilege for the players to meet up with the children and host such an event.
“The whole team enjoyed meeting the kids and seeing the smiles on their faces,” said Williams. “They are all massive Swans fans and you could tell how happy they were meeting the squad, but the pleasure was all ours.
“These kids are going through a tough time at the moment, while we also met some who had been at the hospital earlier in the year, so it was a privilege to chat with these brave kids and have our pictures taken with them.
“We are also looking forward to seeing the children at the hospital on Thursday. They were unable to come to the Liberty for the party, so we will be taking the party to them.”
He added: “We realise the important role this football club has to play in the city, and events like this just underline the strong link between the club and community.”