Five local Eastleigh Football Club stars visited Southampton Children’s Hospital to join in a Bugfest creepy crawlie activity session and spend time with patients, families and hospital staff.

The players and coaches donated £500 to Southampton Hospital Charity for the play therapy team to use for activities with the children. And wanting to help patients maintain some normality and ensure they don’t miss out on being children, the staff invited Bugfest to showcase their weird and wonderful specimens.

Youth and play service manager, Joyce Stebbings commented: “Today was all about taking our young patients minds away from the pain and illness they may be facing, as well as keeping them stimulated. We wanted to introduce them to something new and what better way than learning about exotic creatures.”

This session would not have been possible without the kind donation from Eastleigh Football Club who funded this experience. I am so glad they could join us today so they could see first-hand the children’s faces when we saw and held the various bugs and creepy crawlies.”

Kat Blake from Eastleigh Football Club, said: “We were so pleased to be able to share this experience with the children. As a football club, we try and connect with as many people within the local area as is possible and it’s these relationships that ensure the club continues to grow, prosper and serve the local community.

To see the children’s reactions to each new creepy crawlie was incredible, and we hope that the experience will provide a talking point for a long time to come.”

To help Southampton Hospital Charity provide more experience days, call us on 023 8120 8881.