Children’s ward patients at The Northern Hospital received an early Christmas surprise last week, with Melbourne Victory players visiting the ward.

Players Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses joined club ambassador Archie Thompson at the hospital last Wednesday to help bring some festive cheer to the children’s ward.

The trio met with patients and their families, posed for photographs and signed autographs.

Thompson, who has made a number of visits to the hospital over the years, said meeting and spending time with such courageous kids was a privilege. “Being able to bring a smile to so many faces is a truly special experience,” he said. Northern Health chief executive Siva Sivarajah said the visit was a welcome boost for patients, their families and hospital staff.

“We appreciate the players taking time out of their busy mid-season schedule to spread Christmas cheer throughout the hospital,” he said.

“Having the players here provides a real lift to the spirits of some very sick children.”