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Boyler, Porto & Maloney Call Children’s Hospital

Martin Boyle, Ryan Porteous, and Shaun Maloney gave nine-year-old Hibee, Josh, a Christmas he will never forget.

The Hibee-mad youngster was given the difficult news that he will have to stay at Edinburgh Children’s Hospital over the festive period but had a smile on his face when he received a surprise call from some of his heroes!

Josh got to speak to his favourite players Boyler and Porto, who had the nine-year-old in fits of laughter by telling him some of their favourite but worst Christmas cracker jokes. Alongside this, they spoke about their top Christmas presents, discussed FIFA 22, and gave him some top tips to use on the training pitch when he’s well enough.

The youngster was then amazed as he got to speak to new Manager Shaun Maloney! Shaun made sure his diary was clear to spend time with the youngster who quizzed him on his tactics, his playing career, and what it was like to be Manager of Hibernian FC. Josh also passed on his own top tips!

At the end of the call, Josh and his family were invited down to HTC to watch the First Team train once he’s well enough.

Alice Mallinson, Children’s Wellbeing Officer at Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, commented:

“Josh was so overjoyed to meet his football heroes and is so excited to meet the rest of the team at a training session in the future.

“He loved grilling Shaun on his game plans and gave him some management tips. There were big smiles all around and it was a lovely moment of joy, in what is an otherwise very difficult time for families spending the festive period in hospital.

“We’d like to thank Shaun, Martin, and Ryan, as well as Hibernian FC for spending the time to talk to Josh and to make his Christmas.”

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