Christmas Cards

CHRISTMAS cheer positively poured out of Kingfield this year.

Kicking off the club’s busy festive period out and about in the community, management were joined by a small army of players to deliver presents to poorly children.

DREAM TEAM - traditional and present day versions of the nativity took place side by side at Woking's United Reformed Church

DREAM TEAM – traditional and present day versions of the nativity took place side by side at Woking’s United Reformed Church

Skipper Mark Ricketts, Theo Lewis, Keiran Murtagh, James Clarke and Jake Cole joined KC Kat and Kitten in the children’s wards of the Royal Surrey and St Peter’s Hospitals, spreading  joy and handing out treats.

DOUBLE ACT – the smiles of players were infectious around the hospitals’ wards

DOUBLE ACT – the smiles of players were infectious around the hospitals’ wards

Then, on December 17, an estimated crowd of 1,000 piled into Kingfield for the club’s Silent Night fundraiser.

COULD YOU KEEP UP? – freestyle football world record holder Daniel Cutting impressed the crowds

COULD YOU KEEP UP? – freestyle football world record holder Daniel Cutting impressed the crowds

Special guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of Woking, Tony and Mary Branagan; Chief Executive of Woking Borough Council, Ray Morgan; Cards boss Garry Hill; and a number of church leaders, councillors and Woking players.

Guest contributors included former Portsmouth defender Linvoy Primus, and freestyle football world record holder Daniel Cutting, who amazed with his keepy-uppy skills.

The multifaceted evening catered for all the family with poignant acts of remembrance, familiar carols and readings, historic displays courtesy of The Trench Experience, interviews, choirs from schools and the community, and music from the Unity Band, drawn from different churches.

LOUD AND PROUD – the Salvation Army were in fine form to mark Christmas

LOUD AND PROUD – the Salvation Army were in fine form to mark Christmas

The evening was fully sponsored by local churches, which means the £1,690 raised can go directly to local charities Engage and Woking Hospice.

Linvoy, who attends many similar events throughout the year, said: “You have to realise this is unique. So many churches, charities and borough representatives getting together at the football club like this is very special.”

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