Worcestershire's players and coaching staff have made their annual visit to the Acorns Children's Hospice in Bath Road.

The 10 strong group from New Road brought some pre-Christmas cheer to a group of local children.

They bought and then donated gifts when they called in at the children's charity.

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

It was a happy occasion for the children as the squad chatted to them and handed over the various presents.

As is now customary, the County players had ensured they purchased specific sensory toys which the children would be able to use.

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

County strengthening and conditioning coach Ross Dewar again co-ordinated the visit to Acorns.

He said: "The lads always look forward to making this contribution to Acorns at this magical time of the year at Christmas for all children.

"The players and coaches recognise and appreciate we are privileged to do what we do and it's nice to do a little for someone else.

"It's always a special moment when you see the children opening the presents and Acorns is a great charity.

"The staff and parents put so much time and effort in and it was great once again like last Christmas and the one before to meet them and the children."

In addition to Ross, the players who visited Acorns were Daryl Mitchell, Ollie Westbury, Pat Brown, Jack Shantry, Josh Tongue, Ben Twohig, Ross Whiteley, Brett D'Oliveira and Alexei Kervezee.