Rovers players visit sick children in Royal Blackburn Hospital

Rovers players visit sick children in Royal Blackburn Hospital

VISIT Players at hospital

VISIT Players at hospital

First published in Sport by , Reporter

IT was an early Christmas present for youngsters at the Royal Blackburn Hospital yesterday when Rovers players paid a visit.

The stars went to the children’s ward after training to hand out presents and chat with the young patients, their parents and staff.

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy said: “It puts everything into perspective coming here and seeing the kids. It brings home how important the health of your kids is and makes you take stock.

“People find it so difficult in situations like this, but it touches the lads’ hearts to be able to make a kid smile.

“What is an hour out of your day? It’s nothing really. It’s the least we can do and it’s so worthwhile.

“But one little boy was more excited about the penguin we gave him than he was about meeting me.”

Sister Mandy Kennedy from Blackburn took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to meet the footballers. She said: “It’s great all of them have come along, it’s such a lift for the children.”

Zohra Bhatti and her two-year-old Xavier were delighted to meet the players. She said: “My little man’s really happy with his jigsaw and chocolates. The players are so handsome! They don’t look bad on telly but it’s nothing like in real life.”

Suleman Mall, four, received a car toys from Marcus and Martin Olsson. His mum Fatima said: “He loves cars so I’m sure he’ll enjoy the gift but he was more excited about meeting the boys.

“Suley watches football with his big brothers and he recognised they were players straight away.”

Midfielder Jason Lowe said: “I feel very humble to be here. It isn’t every day you get a chance to do this and it puts a smile on the kids’ faces, it is very special to see.

“When you come to hospitals at a festive time of the year, everything else goes out of the window and it is great for us as well. We will be doing everything we can to get three points on Saturday for them.”

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1:34pm Fri 14 Dec 12

A Darener says...

And next week it will be children and adults visit sick footballers at Ewood Park!
And next week it will be children and adults visit sick footballers at Ewood Park! A Darener
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2:26pm Fri 14 Dec 12

ChrisDeBerg says...

A Darener wrote:
And next week it will be children and adults visit sick footballers at Ewood Park!
I'd say more unfit than sick :)
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: And next week it will be children and adults visit sick footballers at Ewood Park![/p][/quote]I'd say more unfit than sick :) ChrisDeBerg
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3:04pm Fri 14 Dec 12

midas says...

The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?
The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there? midas
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3:20pm Fri 14 Dec 12

blueblooded says...

midas wrote:
The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?
the level you dingles will fall to get a quip in is unbelievable.

Truly hatred and loathing bring the worst out of people - but envy and jealousy just serves to turn them into morons as is the case here.

Jog on dingle.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?[/p][/quote]the level you dingles will fall to get a quip in is unbelievable. Truly hatred and loathing bring the worst out of people - but envy and jealousy just serves to turn them into morons as is the case here. Jog on dingle. blueblooded
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3:21pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Road Runner Road Runner says...

midas wrote:
The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?
What's up Mardyarse as the dank dark rain clouds obscured your view of all things right ?

What is your famous mantra - Bigger not better ?

I rest my case.

By the way hope your lad makes a full recovery from that serious operation !

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?[/p][/quote]What's up Mardyarse as the dank dark rain clouds obscured your view of all things right ? What is your famous mantra - Bigger not better ? I rest my case. By the way hope your lad makes a full recovery from that serious operation ! Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
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4:01pm Fri 14 Dec 12

allan1957 says...

Visiting the childrens ward in hospitial is a annual thing by the players and staff of Rovers nice to see at least one tradition remains of our once proud football club
Visiting the childrens ward in hospitial is a annual thing by the players and staff of Rovers nice to see at least one tradition remains of our once proud football club allan1957
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4:29pm Fri 14 Dec 12

midas says...

blueblooded wrote:
midas wrote: The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?
the level you dingles will fall to get a quip in is unbelievable. Truly hatred and loathing bring the worst out of people - but envy and jealousy just serves to turn them into morons as is the case here. Jog on dingle.
Get over yourself and don't be so pompous! who are you?
[quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?[/p][/quote]the level you dingles will fall to get a quip in is unbelievable. Truly hatred and loathing bring the worst out of people - but envy and jealousy just serves to turn them into morons as is the case here. Jog on dingle.[/p][/quote]Get over yourself and don't be so pompous! who are you? midas
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4:32pm Fri 14 Dec 12

midas says...

Road Runner Road Runner wrote:
midas wrote: The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?
What's up Mardyarse as the dank dark rain clouds obscured your view of all things right ? What is your famous mantra - Bigger not better ? I rest my case. By the way hope your lad makes a full recovery from that serious operation ! Arte et labore
Not bigger but always better.
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A couple of Rovers players (did they volunteer?) pitch up at the hospital for an hours photoshoot - whoopee.
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I am far more impressed with the ones that visit throughout the year and manage to do so without the media following them.
[quote][p][bold]Road Runner Road Runner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?[/p][/quote]What's up Mardyarse as the dank dark rain clouds obscured your view of all things right ? What is your famous mantra - Bigger not better ? I rest my case. By the way hope your lad makes a full recovery from that serious operation ! Arte et labore[/p][/quote]Not bigger but always better. . A couple of Rovers players (did they volunteer?) pitch up at the hospital for an hours photoshoot - whoopee. . I am far more impressed with the ones that visit throughout the year and manage to do so without the media following them. midas
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6:03pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Dukes says...

no sky what a joke well done rovers doing this.
no sky what a joke well done rovers doing this. Dukes
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10:01pm Fri 14 Dec 12

bholmes83 says...

Does it matter about football rivalry?? my daughter was sick on the ward when they came yesterday and it cheered her up sooooo much. They were all wonderful. brought lots of lovely toys and took time to sit down with me and my 3 year old, asking about her illness. All the players attended, and it was lovely to see poorly children, including my daughter, recieve lovely toys and put a smile on their faces. Well done Blackburn Rovers, i think you were all wonderful and its a day we wont forget in a hurry. Yes Sky Sports were there, and reporters, but they will no doubt follow the players no matter where they are. The majority of the players have children themselves and they did their families, their club, and their town proud. Well done lads. I certainly appreciated the visit and the lovely gifts you gave my little girl. Thankyou and wishing you all a lovely Christmas x
Does it matter about football rivalry?? my daughter was sick on the ward when they came yesterday and it cheered her up sooooo much. They were all wonderful. brought lots of lovely toys and took time to sit down with me and my 3 year old, asking about her illness. All the players attended, and it was lovely to see poorly children, including my daughter, recieve lovely toys and put a smile on their faces. Well done Blackburn Rovers, i think you were all wonderful and its a day we wont forget in a hurry. Yes Sky Sports were there, and reporters, but they will no doubt follow the players no matter where they are. The majority of the players have children themselves and they did their families, their club, and their town proud. Well done lads. I certainly appreciated the visit and the lovely gifts you gave my little girl. Thankyou and wishing you all a lovely Christmas x bholmes83
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10:11pm Fri 14 Dec 12

blueblooded says...

midas wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
midas wrote: The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?
the level you dingles will fall to get a quip in is unbelievable. Truly hatred and loathing bring the worst out of people - but envy and jealousy just serves to turn them into morons as is the case here. Jog on dingle.
Get over yourself and don't be so pompous! who are you?
A human being with compassion. Try it sometimes.

Bholmes83 is right, rivalries should make no difference when something good is done for the good of others. I would have reacted the same if I'd seen a comment like yours from a Rovers fan on one of your articles.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: The poor kids you would have thought they had suffered enough but hey, theres a photo-opp bandwagon to jump on. Were the SKY cameras there?[/p][/quote]the level you dingles will fall to get a quip in is unbelievable. Truly hatred and loathing bring the worst out of people - but envy and jealousy just serves to turn them into morons as is the case here. Jog on dingle.[/p][/quote]Get over yourself and don't be so pompous! who are you?[/p][/quote]A human being with compassion. Try it sometimes. Bholmes83 is right, rivalries should make no difference when something good is done for the good of others. I would have reacted the same if I'd seen a comment like yours from a Rovers fan on one of your articles. blueblooded
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10:37pm Fri 14 Dec 12

walshy2866 says...

Having Sky there means we're still a club that attracts media interest. The jealous poisonous dingles that come on here denegrating even charitable caring action by the club and players, further illustrates that they are the scum of the earth.
Having Sky there means we're still a club that attracts media interest. The jealous poisonous dingles that come on here denegrating even charitable caring action by the club and players, further illustrates that they are the scum of the earth. walshy2866
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9:30am Sat 15 Dec 12

midas says...

Get over yourselves acting like it was some sort of magnanimous gesture on the part of the club and players! It was a PR stunt for the TV.
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Sorry blue blood I thought you were some sort of comic cockney from the 90s - jog on you muppet been watching too much Football Factory!
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What next for the Rovers charity team? Giving away goals to Blackpool? Or a televised visit to a soup kitchen?
Get over yourselves acting like it was some sort of magnanimous gesture on the part of the club and players! It was a PR stunt for the TV. . Sorry blue blood I thought you were some sort of comic cockney from the 90s - jog on you muppet been watching too much Football Factory! . What next for the Rovers charity team? Giving away goals to Blackpool? Or a televised visit to a soup kitchen? midas
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9:30am Sat 15 Dec 12

George White Bread says...

walshy2866 wrote:
Having Sky there means we're still a club that attracts media interest. The jealous poisonous dingles that come on here denegrating even charitable caring action by the club and players, further illustrates that they are the scum of the earth.
Ooooh you are an angry little queen aren't you flower? Have you seen all the other "media attention" you're lot have been attracting of late? No very flattering is it? You need to think before you put your filthy little digits to work on your keyboard because ultimately you end up embarrassing yourself as usual.

Back to the point, well done to the Rovers players and the Burnley players who have both been up there to see the kids. Hope they all get well soon.
[quote][p][bold]walshy2866[/bold] wrote: Having Sky there means we're still a club that attracts media interest. The jealous poisonous dingles that come on here denegrating even charitable caring action by the club and players, further illustrates that they are the scum of the earth.[/p][/quote]Ooooh you are an angry little queen aren't you flower? Have you seen all the other "media attention" you're lot have been attracting of late? No very flattering is it? You need to think before you put your filthy little digits to work on your keyboard because ultimately you end up embarrassing yourself as usual. Back to the point, well done to the Rovers players and the Burnley players who have both been up there to see the kids. Hope they all get well soon. George White Bread
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9:32am Sat 15 Dec 12

George White Bread says...

midas wrote:
Get over yourselves acting like it was some sort of magnanimous gesture on the part of the club and players! It was a PR stunt for the TV.
.
Sorry blue blood I thought you were some sort of comic cockney from the 90s - jog on you muppet been watching too much Football Factory!
.
What next for the Rovers charity team? Giving away goals to Blackpool? Or a televised visit to a soup kitchen?
Or having the word BIZ plastered all over their shirts.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: Get over yourselves acting like it was some sort of magnanimous gesture on the part of the club and players! It was a PR stunt for the TV. . Sorry blue blood I thought you were some sort of comic cockney from the 90s - jog on you muppet been watching too much Football Factory! . What next for the Rovers charity team? Giving away goals to Blackpool? Or a televised visit to a soup kitchen?[/p][/quote]Or having the word BIZ plastered all over their shirts. George White Bread
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10:16am Sat 15 Dec 12

srvp28 says...

George White Bread wrote:
midas wrote:
Get over yourselves acting like it was some sort of magnanimous gesture on the part of the club and players! It was a PR stunt for the TV.
.
Sorry blue blood I thought you were some sort of comic cockney from the 90s - jog on you muppet been watching too much Football Factory!
.
What next for the Rovers charity team? Giving away goals to Blackpool? Or a televised visit to a soup kitchen?
Or having the word BIZ plastered all over their shirts.
You do realise that your own players were doing the exact same thing on Tuesday, don't you?

http://www.lancashir
etelegraph.co.uk/new
s/burnley/10101354.B
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play_Santa_to_sick_c
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[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: Get over yourselves acting like it was some sort of magnanimous gesture on the part of the club and players! It was a PR stunt for the TV. . Sorry blue blood I thought you were some sort of comic cockney from the 90s - jog on you muppet been watching too much Football Factory! . What next for the Rovers charity team? Giving away goals to Blackpool? Or a televised visit to a soup kitchen?[/p][/quote]Or having the word BIZ plastered all over their shirts.[/p][/quote]You do realise that your own players were doing the exact same thing on Tuesday, don't you? http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/new s/burnley/10101354.B urnley_soccer_stars_ play_Santa_to_sick_c hildren/ srvp28
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11:17am Sat 15 Dec 12

blueblooded says...

You don't get it do you Midas you slimy toad, it doesnt matter what the reason or motives were, it made some sick children's day which can only be a good thing.

But no, even an article about footballers visiting a hospital becomes a target for your incessant and tedious jealous hatred.

I'd despair if it wasnt a given what vile poisonous green eyed vermin we have to tolerate across the motorway.

Get a life.
You don't get it do you Midas you slimy toad, it doesnt matter what the reason or motives were, it made some sick children's day which can only be a good thing. But no, even an article about footballers visiting a hospital becomes a target for your incessant and tedious jealous hatred. I'd despair if it wasnt a given what vile poisonous green eyed vermin we have to tolerate across the motorway. Get a life. blueblooded
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12:19pm Sat 15 Dec 12

midas says...

blueblooded wrote:
You don't get it do you Midas you slimy toad, it doesnt matter what the reason or motives were, it made some sick children's day which can only be a good thing.

But no, even an article about footballers visiting a hospital becomes a target for your incessant and tedious jealous hatred.

I'd despair if it wasnt a given what vile poisonous green eyed vermin we have to tolerate across the motorway.

Get a life.
You have done it now, everytime I read anything you write I am just picturing Big Vern from Viz! We have our own resident crafty cockney! "Do one you muppet cause you'll never take me alive!!! LOLing at you Vern!
[quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: You don't get it do you Midas you slimy toad, it doesnt matter what the reason or motives were, it made some sick children's day which can only be a good thing. But no, even an article about footballers visiting a hospital becomes a target for your incessant and tedious jealous hatred. I'd despair if it wasnt a given what vile poisonous green eyed vermin we have to tolerate across the motorway. Get a life.[/p][/quote]You have done it now, everytime I read anything you write I am just picturing Big Vern from Viz! We have our own resident crafty cockney! "Do one you muppet cause you'll never take me alive!!! LOLing at you Vern! midas
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1:08pm Sat 15 Dec 12

blueblooded says...

midas wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
You don't get it do you Midas you slimy toad, it doesnt matter what the reason or motives were, it made some sick children's day which can only be a good thing.

But no, even an article about footballers visiting a hospital becomes a target for your incessant and tedious jealous hatred.

I'd despair if it wasnt a given what vile poisonous green eyed vermin we have to tolerate across the motorway.

Get a life.
You have done it now, everytime I read anything you write I am just picturing Big Vern from Viz! We have our own resident crafty cockney! "Do one you muppet cause you'll never take me alive!!! LOLing at you Vern!
"do one"?

How old are you, slimy vile swamp creature?

I'm picturing a turd covered leprechaun hunched back searching for his pot of gold, cackling to himself with his toothless face contorted into what he sembles as a smile.

Midas? Judas would be more appropriate.

Hate is an ugly thing. Enjoy your Watford gap today parasite.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: You don't get it do you Midas you slimy toad, it doesnt matter what the reason or motives were, it made some sick children's day which can only be a good thing. But no, even an article about footballers visiting a hospital becomes a target for your incessant and tedious jealous hatred. I'd despair if it wasnt a given what vile poisonous green eyed vermin we have to tolerate across the motorway. Get a life.[/p][/quote]You have done it now, everytime I read anything you write I am just picturing Big Vern from Viz! We have our own resident crafty cockney! "Do one you muppet cause you'll never take me alive!!! LOLing at you Vern![/p][/quote]"do one"? How old are you, slimy vile swamp creature? I'm picturing a turd covered leprechaun hunched back searching for his pot of gold, cackling to himself with his toothless face contorted into what he sembles as a smile. Midas? Judas would be more appropriate. Hate is an ugly thing. Enjoy your Watford gap today parasite. blueblooded
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2:36pm Sat 15 Dec 12

A Rover 45 years and over says...

No complaints about the passion of the players on this one. It is definately good for the kids and the hostpital in general. I must say though that those who have used the visit of players to cheer up sick kids as an excuse to redicule the club need to get a life and should be banned from writing in these columns. We have to put up with there sick claptrap every week.
No complaints about the passion of the players on this one. It is definately good for the kids and the hostpital in general. I must say though that those who have used the visit of players to cheer up sick kids as an excuse to redicule the club need to get a life and should be banned from writing in these columns. We have to put up with there sick claptrap every week. A Rover 45 years and over
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