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Championship: Burnley players surprise sick kids

Like many clubs at this time of year, the staff and players at Burnley dropped in on local poorly children at their nearby hospital in an act of Christmas kindness.

According to the Lancashire Evening telegraph, the players were armed with gifts, with about 20 players from the first team, and reserves, taking time out from preparing for this week’s clash against Watford to visit youngsters in Royal Blackburn Hospital.
 
Teddies, chocolates, scarves, and signed Burnley FC albums, were handed around to children on the ward, who were thrilled to meet their heroes.The team were also joined by manager Sean Dyche, and mascot Bertie Bee.

Defender Michael Duff said the visit is a highlight of the team’s year.

He said: “It is a privilege to be able to give something back to the community, and it is something we really enjoy doing.
 
“Especially at this time of year, when it is all about families and being together, you realise how awful it is for people who have children in hospital.
 
“It can be heart-breaking to see children like this, but if we can put a smile on their faces, then that is priceless.”
 
Sarah Caton, ward manager, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to the Burnley team for coming to support us, and the children. They all love it.
 
“It gives them such a lift. It is better than any treatment we could give them. It really does give them a massive boost.”

MJ

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