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Newcastle players visit the RVI

Newcastle United's players helped to spread some festive cheer on Tuesday during their annual pre-Christmas visit to children's wards across the region's major hospitals.

For the first time, the Magpies' first and under-23 squads were joined on their visit by the Newcastle United Women's team following their relaunch in the summer.

Together, the players offered gifts, signed autographs, posed for photos and chatted with children, families and staff who face spending Christmas in hospital.

Club photographer Serena Taylor accompanied some of the players on a trip to the Great North Children's Hospital at the RVI, capturing these touching photographs for nufc.co.uk:

The players arrive at the RVI in Newcastle

Chancel Mbemba and Rolando Aarons visit their first ward

Mikel Merino signs a football for a poorly youngster

The players assemble in the corridor to hand out gifts

All smiles for Henri Saivet and Massadio Haïdara

Newcastle United Foundation's Steve Mack was on hand to help direct the players

Newcastle United Women's and U23 teams were also were in attendance, seen here with Jacob Murphy and Dwight Gayle

United States international DeAndre Yedlin waits to hand out gifts

The staff at the Great North Children's Hospital take care to make the wards feel festive over the Christmas period

Chancel Mbemba spots a decorative penguin during his visit

Tom Heardman and Rolando Aarons pop in to say hello

 Javier Manquillo and Steph Lyons team up

Mikel Merino was joined by Amy Hargrave to hand over a signed mini football

A lovely photograph of U23s forward Luke Charman holding a young patient

The players converge for a group photo with young fans

Chancel Mbemba, Rolando Aarons and Tom Heardman huddle up for a photo

The players move on to another ward as Chancel Mbemba pushes the present trolly

Chancel and his teammates visited wards 2b, 11, 12 and 14

Big smiles from Henri Saivet and Massadio Haïdara

Players visit a baby born just two weeks ago

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot joins this little star for a kick-about

Elliot gave the youngster a signed football before getting in his teammates for a photo

Captain Jamaal Lascelles hands a gift to a parent at the Great North Children's Hospital

The players pose for a photo

This young fan was determined to show his colours as the players popped in

Henri and Massadio sit amongst the festive decorations of the children's ward

Henri Saivet turns cameraman to capture another special moment

Joselu hands over gifts

Massadio Haïdara's turn with the camera

Isaac Hayden (back right) joined his teammates for a picture with a young fan

A visit from the players and an early Christmas present brings a smile to a young fan

The players round off their visit by popping in to see two big United fans 

To download a free version of any of the above photos, please go to: nufc.photos/p526527204.

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