First team players Jack Cork, Sam Vokes and Adam Legzdins visited Turf Moor to sprinkle some festive cheer at Burnley FC in the Community’s (BFCitC) annual Christmas party for senior citizens.
The event, hosted at Turf Moor, was attended by over 60 participants of BFCitC’s Extra Time programme; a weekly programme that aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst the senior community in Burnley and the surrounding areas.
These issues are of particular concern during the festive period as Age UK figures show that 873,000 older people have little or no contact with others over the festive period and that, for many, Christmas feels like an ordinary day that simply passes them by.
Therefore, the Extra Time Christmas party is a highlight of the year for many of those who attend and this year’s event was to prove bigger and better than ever.
Completely free of charge to those attending, the afternoon kicked off with a three-course Christmas dinner, followed by sing-a-long carols led by BFCitC and club staff and culminating in a surprise visit from the players.
Jumping straight into a game of Pictionary that the whole party joined in with, Cork, Vokes and Legzdins chatted at length to party goers, stopped for photos and signed Burnley FC items.
The party was also attended by a number of local veterans who are part of BFCitC’s newly-formed Veterans’ programme. In association with the Royal British Legion, the sessions take place every Thursday afternoon from 1pm-3pm at Turf Moor.
Abby Turner, Health and Wellbeing Manager at BFCitC said: “The party really is a highlight of the year for our Extra Time participants – and for us too! We had so many party goers tell us how much they’d enjoyed the afternoon.
“It’s a real feel-good event and it was made even more magical by the visit from Jack, Sam and Adam. We know we have participants who will be on their own on 25th December and who are unlikely to have a Christmas dinner. To know we can provide that meal – and the friendship and fun that it comes with at the party – is so important to us.”
BFCitC’s Extra Time programme runs every Wednesday at Turf Moor from 10am-12pm for over 50s and is completely free of charge.
If you would like to find out more about the Extra Time or Veteran’s programme at BFCitC, please contact Abby Turner on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01282 70716.