BURTON Albion players and staff took time out from training to pay a festive visit to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

Nigel Clough, his backroom staff and the players, chatted with staff and patients as they toured the wards. They also handed out hampers to hospital staff and selection boxes to patients.

Burton Albion Community Trust organises the annual visit to the hospital which has become an important part of the run up to Christmas for the first team.

Nigel Clough said: “It’s always a pleasure to visit the hospital. All the staff do a tremendous job and we thank them for all their hard work, especially at Christmas when it’s hard for the patients who can’t be at home.

“It was great to meet everyone and to find so many Brewers fans wishing us well for the games over Christmas. I know that all of our staff and players enjoyed meeting everyone and we wish them all a very happy Christmas.

Chris Maddox, Community Partnerships and Charities Manager, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Nigel and the lads for taking time out to visit. They come along every year and our patients and staff are very excited to see them. Being in hospital at any time is often difficult but it is especially tough around the Christmas period. Their visit really lifts the mood and puts smiles on a lot of faces.”

BACT Head of Community Matt Hancock says: “The players and coaching staff at Burton Albion always enjoy their community appearances which take place all year round but the hospital visit at Christmas is always one everyone looks forward to.

“Thanks to all the staff and patients at Queen’s Hospital for making us so welcome.”