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Squad Spread Christmas Cheer With Hospital Visits

21 December 2016

The Clarets brought some festive cheer to youngsters in hospital in Burnley and Blackburn when the first-team squad and manager Sean Dyche made their annual visit in the run-up to Christmas.

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The players dropped in to deliver presents, pose for photographs and sign autographs for youngsters and their parents on wards at both Burnley General Hospital and Royal Blackburn Hospital.

In recent years, the squad have predominantly visited the area’s main childrens’ ward, based in Blackburn.

However, this year the squad split in two to provide support to the premature babies’ ward in Burnley, as well as the ELCAS (East Lancashire Child and Adolescent Service) ward, which provides a specialist mental health service for children and young people.

The squad donated cash themselves to fund the presents and, with the help of a kind donation from Smyths Toy Superstore in Blackburn, arrived laden with goodies and club-branded merchandise to make the youngsters’ day.

Boss Sean Dyche said: “I think it’s right that we try to do something for the community and bring a smile to people’s faces at this time of the year.

“It’s a small token, but it’s hard when you are in hospital at Christmas - and people forget that’s not just the children who aren’t well and their families, who but also the staff at the hospitals.

“I think everyone has got a lot of respect for nursing in general, particularly at this time of year when they are working hard and juggling their own lives, so it’s nice to see them too.”

Dyche added: “Over the years’ we’ve naturally gravitated to Blackburn as the main centre for children, but in the past few years it became appropriate to look to spread the players and cover the two bases, including Burnley.

"We’ve done that successfully last year and this and I think everyone enjoys the fact we’re here.”

Burnley Football Club would like to thank Smyths Toy Superstore in Blackburn and the club's Community department for their help.

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