The Clarets squad helped to spread some Christmas cheer earlier this week with their annual visit to the Children’s wards at two local hospitals.
As has now become custom, the squad split into two to take gifts to those youngsters stuck in both Burnley General Hospital and the Royal Blackburn Hospital, which now houses the area’s major children’s ward.
And the players’ visit, along with manager Sean Dyche, club mascot Bertie Bee and the club’s award-winning Community department, was greatly appreciated by all.
“It’s a nice thing for the players to play their part in the community, they do it all season, but I think it’s even better at Christmas,” said the Gaffer, who was a popular figure at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
“We’re building on the work done by the Community team, led by Neil Hart, and he and his staff are doing a brilliant job.
“Sometimes footballers get done down a little, but they do some good things too and our players have a healthy respect for their profession and especially this side of it, when they can play a part in their community.”
The players donated cash themselves to fund the gifts and working closely with Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC), arrived at the wards with a mix of festive items, including plenty of Burnley FC items.
The players and manager then continued their busy afternoon as they then headed straight on to Turf Moor and to the Young Clarets Christmas party hosted by BFCitC.
Here the full squad and manager met with and signed the items of 250 very excited young fans.
Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer of BFCitC said: “It was great to have the entire squad spend the whole afternoon out and about in the community.
"Once again, this team and our manager have shown that they set the bar when it comes to community work.
“That ‘one club’ feeling has never been stronger at Burnley FC and yesterday was simply another example of how the players, the manager, the club and BFCitC are working together to reach out to supporters and to the community as a whole. It was a fantastic afternoon, enjoyed by all.”
Club captain Ben Mee, who led the contingent of players visiting the Lancashire Women and Newborn centre at Burnley, added: “It’s a nice time of year to give back and put some smiles on some faces.
“I think the adults enjoy it just as much as the kids, they work as hard as anyone and it’s nice to be able to come here and do that for them.
“The clubs a massive part of the community, everyone’s enjoying it and you can tell by the vibes around the club and it just shows that we’re moving forward in the right direction and we want to keep on building that sense further and even stronger.”
Steven Defour, the Belgian midfielder, who is also a father, added: “It’s very important to bring a smile, even if it’s a little one, on a kid’s face.”