AFC Bournemouth footballer Simon Francis helped Wave 105 Cash for Kids by delivering gifts to disadvantaged children

Football players from AFC Bournemouth took time out from their busy training schedule to help Wave 105 Cash for Kids with its Mission Christmas Toy Appeal by delivering gifts to disadvantaged children in Dorset.

Led by Captain Tommy Elphick, the 10 footballers surprised the children from the Bournemouth Social Inclusion Charity at Bournemouth Town Hall.

For the fifth year running, members of the public have donated new unwrapped toys to the Mission Christmas Toy Appeal for children across the south who wouldn’t otherwise receive a gift this festive season.

Catherine Stanley, partnerships executive at AFC Bournemouth, said: “As a club, we are very proud to have been a part of Mission Christmas and to deliver gifts to children from the Bournemouth Social Inclusion Charity.

“We are committed to giving back to the community, and it’s occasions like this that mean so much to both the players and children. Seeing their faces light up when the team entered the room was very special. Everyone had a wonderful afternoon and I would like to wish all those at the charity a very merry Christmas.”

Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager, Gloria Hill, added: “We are delighted that the AFC Bournemouth football players could play Father Christmas and deliver presents to the children. Thank you to all the members of the public who donated a gift so that the children can experience a happy Christmas this year.”

The appeal is sponsored by Foresters, the International Finance Services Organisation, and David Gale, the Specialist Orthodontic Referral Centre, and is in association with Sainsbury’s.