He’s big and he’s got a beard, so Jon Parkin made the ideal subsitute for Santa.

York City’s top scoring striker was one of the players who joined team manager Martin Gray on a visit to York Hospital children’s ward.

They handed out gifts and chatted to the children, their parents and the staff during their trip on Thursday (December 14).

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Manager Martin Gray and the City players with hospital staff and youngsters Ossie O’’Connor (holding the ball) and Kayley Hills

Jon said: “It’s gone really well. Hopefully the kids have enjoyed seeing us.

“It is just something that we can give back. If we can put a little smile on their faces when they are having a bit of a tough time, that’s really good.”

The annual visit was organised by the club’s foundation with support from Benenden, Just Sport, and Sarah Stelling.