Barnsley FC players ‘kick off’ Christmas with hospice visit

15 December 2017

Players from Barnsley Football Club’s first team kicked off Christmas with a visit to Barnsley Hospice.

The entire squad, along with manager Paul Heckingbottom, dropped in yesterday, Thursday 14th December, to deliver presents, pose for photos and spread some festive cheer amongst patients and staff.

It was defender Liam Lindsay’s first visit to the hospice. He said: “We’ve all really enjoyed the visit. The Barnsley community have been really welcoming since I joined the team in May so it feels good to give something back.”

The team also presented a cheque for just under £600, raised through Barnsley Football Club and Reds in the Community staff taking part in November’s Barnsley 10km road race.

Sam Silverwood, fundraising manager at Barnsley Hospice, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome the team to the hospice and we’re really grateful that so many of them gave up their time. The boys raised a lot of smiles, and we feel very lucky to have such a good relationship with the club.”

Barnsley Hospice provides specialist care for anyone in the borough with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease.

Staff and volunteers will be working throughout the festive period to help patients and their families spend quality time together at Christmas. 

Notes to Editors

Attached photograph shows some of the visiting players with Margot Seal, senior staff nurse, and Sue Mason, auxiliary nurse.

Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber on Church Street, S75 2RL. It has been providing care for people in Barnsley with life limiting illnesses, and their families, since 1994.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to or call 01226 244244.

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