Players head to Queen's Hospital Burton
Members of the Burton Albion first-team made a visit to Queen’s Hospital Burton on Wednesday afternoon to drop into the Children’s Ward and deliver gifts.
The players were joined by Billy Brewer and Santa as they handed out a selection of Nestle chocolate gifts and signed posters donated by the football club.
The players where guided through the ward by Play Specialist Kirsty Dawson and posed for pictures with the children and their families.
Burton Albion captain Lee Bell was one of the squad members to visit, he said: “It was nice to come down and do a little bit and see all the children and their families and interact with them and give them that little lift and a smile.
“All the kids got to see Billy Brewer and our Billy has come dressed as Santa so it has been a really good visit."
The Albion captain was full of praise for the staff at Queen’s Hospital Burton, he said: “They do a fantastic job.
“I was speaking to a lady just then, she works really hard but the main thing is she really loves her job and looking after the children and the parents are well looked after while they are here to make them feel a bit more at home,” Bell said.
Kirsty Dawson a Play Specialist on the Children’s Ward was thrilled to see the Burton Albion squad at the Queen’s Hospital and believes the day was a welcomed surprise for many of the patients
and their families.
She said: “It was great to see the players from Burton Albion come down to here to see all the patients and their families.
“It brightens up their day and puts a smile on the children’s faces.
“The Christmas period can be very busy here so visits like today really do brighten up their day, it ensures that we celebrate Christmas throughout the month here.
“The nurses work extremely hard and they keep everyone happy and healthy,” she added.
“There was a lot of interest when we heard that Burton was heading down here, Santa and gifts are always well received on the ward.”