Big hearted Rovers

Big-hearted Doncaster Rovers players took time out to visit patients at their annual Christmas visit to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Almost the entire Rovers squad turned up to meet the young patients and their parents before giving each child a present.

Lucy Travis was also given a boost during her hospital stay when the Saint Pius X Catholic High School in Wath pupil was visited by sharp shooter Billy, James O’Connor and Neil Sullivan.

The 11-year-old, of Adwick-upon-Dearne, said: “It was really good that they all came to see us, I really like it. We had pictures taken and they were really nice when they talked to me.”

Rovers striker Billy Sharp put aside his own grief to cuddle a baby boy.

Despite the recent death of son Luey Jacob at just two days old, brave Billy cradled Angela Bond’s newborn.

The Hatfield mum was overcome with emotion after hearing Billy’s recent bereavement during the visit to 22-week-old George Bond-Upton’s bed.

“I thought it was brilliant that they should come and Billy was lovely holding George, I just didn’t realise how significant it was.

It’s really good of him to do that because it must have made him think about his little boy,” said Angela who was also visited by Rovers stars Martin Woods, Simon Gillett and John Oster who came with Christmas presents.