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Tigers bring Christmas cheer to city hospitals

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Tigers players brought festive cheer to Leicester's hospitals during their Christmas visit.The first-team players gave early presents to patients, their families and staff at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital.   Argentina internationals Marcos Ayerza and Gonzalo Camacho were joined forwards Sebastian de Chaves and Harry Thacker for the visit to the LRI while Greg Bateman, Mike Fitzgerald, Sam Harrison and Laurence Pearce. After the visit De Chaves tweeted: "Had a really awesome day spreading some Christmas cheer." Bateman added: "A pleasure to meet some really brave folk in an unthinkable situation. Best wishes." Tigers also presented a signed first-team shirt to the LRI’s accident and emergency department as a thank you for their help in treating injured players, the most recent being Mike Williams after he broke his arm in the Aviva Premiership game away to Worcester Warriors. Ayerza made the presentation on behalf of the Tigers to Ffion Davies, consultant in emergency medicine at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Ed Hollis, head of medical services at Tigers, said: “We wanted to say thank you to the staff at the hospital, and in particular the A&E department for all of their help with injured players.   “They do a fantastic job and we hugely appreciate their efforts, not just for the Tigers but also for the wider community.”