Veterans Volunteer to Support Next Generation

Veterans Volunteer to Support Next Generation

Burnley FC in the Community supports the local armed forces veteran community within Burnley and East Lancashire through sessions and opportunities to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

This Armed Forces Day, we want to celebrate our Veterans’ project and its participants!

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused our veterans’ programmes, that includes a weekly breakfast club and football sessions, to be postponed. Therefore, our veterans have not seen each other for some time. Despite this, BFCitC have kept in close contact with the participants during lockdown, making over 130 check in calls.

With some of the lockdown measures lifted, a group of the veterans have been kindly volunteering their time to carry out refurbishment jobs at Whitehough Outdoor Centre in Pendle (an outdoor education centre operated by Burnley FC in the Community).

Veteran Philip has particularly enjoyed getting out and socialising with his fellow participants again. Alongside this, having a meaningful project to work – that will ultimately help others – is something he takes pride in.

“This has been a godsend at the end of a period of lockdown due to COVID-19. The sense of an open space cannot be more pleasurable and to have a conversation with people you usually see every week has been fantastic for us all.

“We are helping to shape the next generation by maintaining this site. We take pride in jobs well done and like a project that takes all capabilities into consideration.

“Soldiers by nature are proud and don’t like to ask for help. Sometimes this fails, we act through a sense of brotherhood and help where we can.

“It’s a pleasure to work alongside each and every member of our club and an honour to call all of them friends.”

The veterans have been volunteering on an ongoing basis and in giving the gift of their time, they have helped by painting, gardening, PAT testing, carrying out repairs, cleaning and assisting with general maintenance.

To round off their day, they then returned to The Leisure Box for their first pre-season training session.

BFCitC would like to thank all the veterans who have volunteered their time and made a huge difference in helping to get Whitehough ready for visitors when it is safe to do so once more.

For more information on our veterans programme, please email Gregg.stevenson@burnleyfc.com

To find out more about Whitehough and current accommodation offers for families including camping, please visit www.whitehough.org.

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