Worcestershire County Cricket Club players brought a slice of festive cheer to some local children during a visit to Acorns Children’s Hospice in the city.

Skipper Daryl Mitchell and the county squad bought and donated gifts when they called in at the children's charity based in Bath Road, Worcester.

Acorns provides care and support for local children and young people who have life-limiting or life- threatening conditions.

The children were delighted when Daryl and other members of the squad popped in to chat to them and then hand over the various presents.

The County players ensured they purchased specific sensory toys that the children would be able to use. 

Any of the remaining presents will then be distributed to children who continue to live at home but are still assisted by the charity.

Daryl said: "We decided to buy a few toys and take them to Acorns, a very worthwhile cause, and we were happy and pleased to pop in and see everyone.

"It's nice to give a bit back. We are very privileged and lucky to do what we do. It's nice to try and do something for someone else."

Ross Dewar,  the conty's strengthening and conditioning coach, who coordinated the visit commented: “We wanted to do something for the kids, it was fantastic to go and meet them and the staff and parents who put so much in.

“Sport can be a sheltered life and we are very lucky, so it's quite an eye opener. It was great to see the kids faces opening their pressies, hopefully we can continue to help in some way.”

Mandie Fitzgerald, community fund raising officer at Acorns for the Three Counties, said: "It’s touching that the players have committed to sourcing specific sensory gifts for Acorns children and we are very grateful.

"The support of our communities is vital in helping us to continue our work caring for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families, which costs over £8 million per year."