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Help Captain CHRIStmas deliver joy to Sick Kids hospital



Chris Paterson and his merry band of helpers are going to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh on Monday to deliver some early Christmas presents. 

The Edinburgh captain and players are hoping they'll have a large sack of goodies to take to the children and put a few smiles on their faces in the run up to Christmas. 

Edinburgh Rugby would like to invite any fans who wish to help Captain CHRIStmas fill up his sleigh, to buy an extra present when out shopping and bring it to the Heineken Cup match at Murrayfield on Sunday. Any gifts suitable for boys or girls up to the age of 15 will be gratefully accepted, and to help staff at the hospital, presents should not be wrapped.  

Maureen Harrison, director of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: "It is a sad fact that there will be families who will have to spend Christmas in the hospital. Yesterday I spoke to a family who spent last Christmas in one of the wards and they told me how much they had appreciated the kindness of so many generous people who gave gifts which cheered up patients' brothers and sisters as well as our patients. Knowing that others were thinking of them made it a little easier to get through. We would like to thank Edinburgh Rugby and their supporters for helping to make the Sick Kids better this Christmas!" 

Members of the squad will be in the President's Suite on Sunday from 12 noon, to accept any kind donations from fans. 

A host of players will also be on hand to meet fans and sign copies of Edinburgh's new book, DVD, 2007 Calendar and other merchandise on sale at Murrayfield on match day. Any of these items would make a great Christmas present for family, friends or even children at the Sick Kids, so come along to the President's Suite between noon and 12.45pm and join in the festivities.