Burnley’s first team squad have made their annual hospital visit to spread Christmas cheer to poorly children.
The players and manager Sean Dyche visited the Children’s Ward at Royal Blackburn Hospital on Monday, armed with a sackful of presents and treats kindly donated by Smyths Toy Store, Blackburn.
For the first time since the majority of children were transferred to Blackburn’s bigger wards, several of the squad also visited Burnley’s Deerplay Ward
And Dyche, along with the rest of the group, was more than happy to help bring the Christmas spirit to those in need of it most.
The gaffer said: ”We have been building a closer relationship with the community for the past three years I’ve been at the club and that’s all down to Neil Hart and his community team, going out there on a daily basis.
”This is just another part of that. It’s a small support mechanism for the kids.
“We know we can’t solve or prevent illness, but this is just to show that there is a caring side to what we do within the community and even if we can bring a small smile to a child’s face by taking photos or signing autographs, little things like that it can mean a lot sometimes.”
Dyche added: “We have a great group here, not just as players, but they are all great people and they are respectful of the community and we are more than happy to come visit everyone. A small group also went to visit the ward at Burnley too, which was great and a small idea we came up with.
“Here at Blackburn, we have come on a day where it has been quiet compared to previous years, but that’s great to see because nobody wants to be in hospital over Christmas.”
Burnley Football Club would like to thank Smyths Toy Store, Blackburn for their kind and generous contribution to the annual hospital visit.