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23 December 2019

BURTON Albion players have made a special Christmas visit to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

The first team squad traditionally make a trip to the hospital just before Christmas to wish patients well and to meet staff and thank them for their hard work throughout the year.

Nigel Clough, his backroom staff and the players, made a tour of the wards, stopping to sign autographs, pose for pictures and to hand out gifts to the staff on the wards.

Among the patients they met was David Munday, a long-standing Brewers Season Ticket holder, who hasn’t been able to watch his favourite team since October.

“I’ve just been told I can go home for Christmas,” he said. “I’m now hoping I will be able to come back and see some games in the New Year. The icing on the cake today was seeing Nigel and the players visiting the wards.”

Nigel Clough said: “Our annual Christmas visit to the hospital is something we always look forward to. It’s a great tradition here at Burton Albion.

“It’s always a pleasure to meet the patients and to thank the incredible staff who do a wonderful job, not just at Christmas but all year round.

“They always make us very welcome and we would like to wish everyone at Queen’s Hospital a happy Christmas.”

Matt Hancock, Burton Albion Community Trust Head of Community, who arranged the visit said: “As always, I would like to thank the staff at Queen’s Hospital for inviting us to visit the wards.

“It wouldn’t be Christmas for Burton Albion without this traditional visit and I hope the patients and staff enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did.”

Sarah Roberts, Senior Sister on the Neonatal Unit, said: “It was absolutely fantastic to be involved and it felt very festive, and it gave staff and friends and family of our patients a real lift. The players were really engaged in the work that we do here at the Neonatal Unit and they found it useful to find out more about the unit.

“Thank you to everyone from Burton Albion who gave their time to visit us and for all of the gifts that were donated to the hospital.”

 - BACT would like to thank Central England Co-op Ltd for donating selection boxes.

- Tune in to BBC Radio Derby tonight at 5.50pm to listen to their report on the visit

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