Barrow’s AFC stars proved they were in a league of their own when they visited Furness General Hospital’s children’s ward to deliver some of its most poorly youngsters a selection of fantastic presents and gifts.

The squad, led by manager Ian Evatt, spent time interacting and entertaining the children before giving them an assortment of magical gifts which the player’s had all contributed towards.

The National League stars, who took time out from their preparations for this afternoon’s FA Trophy tie with Halifax, arrived with bags of Christmas presents all especially picked out for the thrilled children.

Their faces lit up with delight as they received their wonderful gifts.

Skipper Josh Granite said: “It’s our pleasure to give back to the community, especially to do something nice for unfortunate children.

“Being able to put a smile on the faces of these kids just makes our day.

“We know the football club’s at the heart of the community so any chance we’ve got to give an example to how much we appreciate the Barrow community, we’ll happily get involved in.”

Manager Mr Evatt values the importance of players getting involved in such events and said: “It shows that the players care not just about football but about the community too.

“The players have donated their own money as a gesture to show how much they really do care.”

One of the children’s mother’s Gemma Prescott described  how magical the experience was and said: “It was really good for community spirit. The boys brought a fantastic energy into the room which left kids smiling from ear to ear.”

Ward manager Josephine Holmes was also full of praise for the Bluebirds and said: “It means a lot to both the kids and their parents.

“Christmas is not an easy time to be in hospital but the team has managed to bring Christmas to both the ward and families.”

The players ensured that every child was included in the event, spending time asking about their Christmas lists and what they were hoping for.

Abigail Clayton, mother of one of Furness’ patients Leila Clayton, nine, said the day was special for everyone - and came as a surprise.

“It was fantastic, we didn’t even know they were coming in and they truly lifted the children’s spirits when they were feeling so poorly,” she said.

She added: “Each player got down and took the time to speak to the children.

“It shows their great community spirit and how they still do care about giving back to the community through getting involved in something like this.”

All the staff and parents praised the squad for their kindness and enthusiasm.

The Bluebirds said it was a privilege to get involved in the day.