Wigan’s Liam Marshall makes lovely gesture for 85-year-old fan in hospital

Edith is smiling with (left) Rachel Smith, Head of Nursing and (right), Julie Lucas, Matron of Medicine at WWL

Wigan winger Liam Marshall has made a lovely gesture by surprising 85-year-old hospital patient Edith with a signed rugby ball.

As supporters return to sporting events across the country, Marshall hasn’t forgotten about those who can’t currently attend, as he surprised Edith at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s (WWL) Astley Ward with a signed rugby ball from the Warriors.

Edith, from Ince in Wigan, has been a patient on the Astley Ward for more than three works, and after WWL caremaker Heather Berry heard about her love for Wigan, she approached Marshall and the club to see if they could do anything to send her their best wishes to Edith.

Marshall organised for his team-mates to sign the ball for Edith and it was presented by Heather and head of nursing, Rachel Smith, on the ward and Edith was in complete shock that the Warriors had gone out of their way to sign the ball for her.

Edith said: “I have been watching the rugby since I was a little girl and now all my children are huge fans too.

I have never felt so important in all my life. Money can’t buy this.”

Marshall said: “We hope Edith gets better soon and can’t wait to have her back on match side, cheering us on.”

WWL caremaker Heather Berry said: “I was so privilege to be a part of this special surprise for Edith.”

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