Clarets striker Rouwen Hennings recently paid a welcome visit to a flood-affected school in Whalley.
Following the Boxing Day floods, Whalley C of E Primary School in the heart of the Ribble Valley was left badly damaged with both classrooms and equipment affected.
To show support to the school, Burnley FC in the Community coaches, as well as Hennings himself, headed down to the school to offer an hour’s coaching session and to donate a signed shirt to help raise funds for the school’s recovery efforts.
Through links with the football club, WHSmith in Bradford also kindly donated £300 of vouchers and stock to supply pupils with new books and stationery.
Rachel Hawthorn-Emmett, Store Manager at WHSmith Bradford, said: “When we heard about the flood appeal and how the floods had affected families, the school and the community we simply had to help.
“I know we may not be local to the region but it is at times like this that everyone plays their part and pulls together.
“We look forward to visiting the school in the future when they have got themselves back on their feet.”
Richard Blackburn, Headteacher of Whalley C of E Primary School added: “We are incredibly grateful for all the help and support we have received since the flooding.
“What a treat it was for a group of our children to take part in a training session and to meet Rouwen.
“We would like to give a huge thank you to Burnley FC in the Community and also to WH Smiths for their generous donation.”
Burnley FC in the Community is Burnley FC’s official charity. With a mission to support, inspire and deliver change in communities, the charity’s projects and programmes are based across Burnley, Pendle,
Rossendale, West Yorkshire and the Ribble Valley.
To find out more about Burnley FC in the Community, please visit www.burnleyfccommunity.org.