Palace players Bakary Sako, Chung Yong-Lee, and Julian Speroni, put Premier League action to one side on Wednesday as they spent time visiting young fans at The Children’s Trust in Tadworth, Surrey.
The trip was organised by the Crystal Palace FC Foundation and the players were more than happy to get involved and help raise the spirits of some of the young patients at the hospital.
First team assistant manager and long-time supporter of The Children’s Trust, John Salako, accompanied the players on the visit and joined the players in signing autographs and posing for photos with those at the centre.
Speaking about the visit, Speroni said the positive impact these sorts of events have make them all the more worthwhile. “Hopefully we have put a smile on the faces of some of these children. These youngsters are inspiring people, with great bravery and fight in them and it’s especially important that they have a charity like The Children’s Trust to aid their recovery.”
The Children’s Trust specialises in treating young people with brain injuries by providing expert rehabilitation and therapy for sufferers and their families, and visits from special guests have proved a fantastic way of giving the youngsters the boost they need to get better.
Every year over 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. The Children’s Trust offers the largest residential brain injury rehabilitation unit in the country.