Players Visit Royal Blackburn Hospital
Sean Dyche and the Burnley players took time out of their hectic schedule to spread some Christmas cheer at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
The Clarets squad made their annual visit to the Children’s Ward on Monday afternoon, where they spent over 90 minutes chatting to poorly youngsters and their parents.
It’s the second year that made the journey down the M65, following the closure of Burnley General Hospital’s Children’s Ward in 2010.
Burnley boss Dyche insisted: “There are barriers on the football field between Blackburn and Burnley, but not when you are coming out into the community and visiting kids in hospital.
“It’s a friendly rivalry and good for the team to see the kids because we know how important it is to put smiles on faces, even just for a fleeting moment.”
The squad met several Clarets fans on the ward and handed out selection boxes kindly donated by Tesco Burnley, along with chocolates, cuddly toys, hats and scarves, signed balls and club annuals.
Dyche added: “When I came here I mentioned the link between the fans and the club and events like this are important.
“We are a community club and in difficult, hard times for people we want to be engaging with the community and making it authentic.
“This is just a small part at a special part of the year because everyone has empathy and sympathy for children in hospital at this time of year.”
Burnley Football Club would like to thank Tesco Burnley for their kind donation of selection boxes.