They weren't dressed in red and white, but a few famous faces from AFC Wimbledon played the role of Santa Clause when they delivered gifts to sick children last week.

Assistant manager Glyn Hodges was joined on Thursday by Will Nightingale, Anthony Hartigan, Egli Kaja, and Rod McDonald at St George’s Hospital to hand out presents and spread some Christmas cheers at St George's Hospital.

Mr Nightingale said the visit really put things in perspective.

"People in here are going through bad situations and we are just trying to keep a bit of positivity going and cheer them up for Christmas," he said.

"We brought some presents along to hand them out to the kids. Being here shows that you can’t take anything for granted and we are just trying to do our bit to make the children happy.

“You’ve just got to try and keep things light-hearted when you talk to the children, try to have an engaging conversation with them that they can relate to.

"It’s such a brilliant thing to bring a smile to the faces of children and their families.”

Wimbledon supporters donated toys at the home games against Southend United and Rochdale. In total, around 200 gifts were donated with an additional £150 in cash from Dons fans at these two games.

Hayley Gilburt, health play specialist at St George’s Hospital couldn't wipe the smile off her face.

“It has been one of the best days of the year here, it’s made children smile at a time when they’ve been stuck in their rooms and feeling so sad," she said.

"It just makes them feel special at a difficult time.

"Sometimes children have to stay in hospital over Christmas and they can’t be with all their friends and families. This just brings a little happiness to their time here.”