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Vikings launch Dream Maker initiative
12:34pm Thursday 20th December 2012 in Vikings news
Following another tough pre-season training session on the i-pitch, Denis Betts' Vikings players had the opportunity to show their softer side yesterday afternoon, when they paid a visit to Whiston Hospital.
In an attempt to spread a little happiness over the festive period, Stefan Marsh, Dave Allen, Grant Gore, Patrick Ah Van, Jon Clark and Willie Isa left the Stobart Stadium in convoy and upon arrival, they handed out presents to the youngsters on the Children's Ward, some of whom will be spending Christmas away from their family homes.
Understandably, with the big day now just under one week away, the children were delighted to receive some early gifts, and their smiles were shared by the staff at Whiston Hospital who spoke of how morale is boosted on the ward through such visits.
The Vikings' band of merry men were accompanied by Valhalla Foundation Community Coach Ben Morris, who was keen to offer more background on proceedings, stating; "The Vikings recently re-launched its Dream Ticket lottery and one of the many initiatives funded by it, is called Dream Maker which we have officially launched today at Whiston Hospital.
"A percentage of the funds generated by Dream Ticket subscriptions helps support the Valhalla Foundation in its attempts to engage and interact with the wider community.
"Today offered us an ideal opportunity to go the extra mile and make a ‘dream come true' for a large number of local youngsters. Their faces genuinely lit-up with excitement when the Staff Nurses introduced the players to them.
"Admittedly, not every child was aware of Widnes Vikings but our players took time to speak with every one of them and offer them some background on the club and the game of rugby league as a whole. The afternoon was a huge success and hopefully, we may have even unearthed a few new fans for the future!"