Sean Dyche and his Burnley players played the role of Santa ahead of their visit to Leicester City on Saturday as they helped put smiles on the faces of children at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
The Clarets squad, who currently sit top of the Championship tree, made their annual visit to the Children’s Ward on Monday where they spent the afternoon talking to children and their families.
They were armed with a mountain of gifts that were kindly donated by both Neville Gee and ASDA Burnley.
Toys, games, signed balls and club annuals were just some of the things distributed around the wards by the first-team squad and the manager whilst representatives from Neville Gee and ASDA Burnley were also on hand to assist with the handing out.
Burnley boss Dyche said: “The visit is something the players totally understand the importance of whether they have children themselves or not.
“I’m sure they have family members who probably have and they know children don’t want to be in hospital at Christmas so if we can put a smile of their faces then that’s a special moment.”
And the trip down the M65 which aims to bring Christmas cheer to those who may not be fortunate enough to spend the festive period at home always sees Burnley fans proudly wearing club colours.
Dyche added: “It’s great to see them wearing their shirts, I’ve seen a few adults as well as the kids and they’re enjoying life at Burnley as we all are at the minute.
“Hopefully these families can be home for Christmas but if not then at least we can come here to give out gifts and pass on our thoughts to them.
“The presence in the community is always important and never more so at Burnley Football Club.
“I’ve mentioned it many times about that fit between the club and its people so I’m pleased we’ve got the whole squad here to support this event.”
The club would like to give special thanks to Neville Gee and ASDA Burnley for their gift donations and the staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital for all of their assistance with this year’s visit.