Saracens visit Great Ormond Street Hospital

On Tuesday 16 April Saracens rugby players Chris Ashton and Ben Ransom paid a very special visit to patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The top rugby players were there to encourage people to sign up to the RBC Race for the Kids 5k family fun run, which takes place on Sunday 9 June in London's Battersea Park.

Money raised from the event will help fund the essential redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital, making a real difference for the thousands of sick children who are treated there every year.

"I was really inspired by the patients we met today," said England and Saracens winger Chris Ashton. "Despite being in hospital, they were incredibly positive and brave. We also saw first hand what a phenomenal job the hospital's doctors and nurses do every single day."

"I want to encourage as many people as possible to take part in this year's RBC Race for the Kids and raise as much as they can to make a difference for patients and families."

Saracens Academy fullback Ben Ransom said: "It was great to meet the patients and their families today and I was really humbled by their courage despite facing major challenges. Anyone can take part in the RBC Race for the Kids, and the money raised is so important to the hospital - so grab your trainers and get running!"

Everyone is welcome to join the RBC Race for the Kids and walk, jog or run 5k around beautiful Battersea Park. Find out more an sign up at raceforthekids.co.uk.

Read more about Chris and Ben's visit on MailOnline.