Christmas is supposed to be the highlight of a child's year - but some will instead spend the festive season battling serious illness from a hospital bed.
So in a bid to bring a smile to those less fortunate, children at Ealing Hospital were given a dose of festive cheer following a visit from rugby players at Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club.
Captain Danny Kenny and team mates Nathan Buck, Alun Walker and George Porter visited the Charlie Chaplin ward to hand out rugby balls and club teddy bears as presents.
Kenny said: "It was good to get our and spread some festive cheer.
"We know that many of the children are fighting hard against some serious illnesses, so if we can put a smile on their face, even for a short time then it makes our visit worthwhile.
"It was also good to find out about the vital care that the Charlie Chaplin ward provides out and to meet the staff who carry out some outstanding work."
They were joined on the day by club mascot Bruno the Bear and Father Christmas, making the visit the third in as many years.
The Charlie Chaplin ward is one of the leading child medical centres in London offering care to up to 20 children.