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Rovers score with ‘magnificent gesture’ for NHS staff

22 November 2016

Blackburn Rovers teamed up with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust to show the club’s support for the NHS by welcoming doctors and nurses to last weekend’s Championship match against Brentford.

The club invited nurses and doctors from the Emergency Department and throughout the Royal Blackburn Hospital to attend the Remembrance fixture and the NHS staff brought good fortune to Ewood Park as Rovers claimed a hard fought 3-2 victory.

Kevin McGee, Chief Executive at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I want to thank everyone at Blackburn Rovers for inviting our staff along to Ewood Park.

“All our staff work incredibly hard and this wonderful gesture of support from Blackburn Rovers was hugely appreciated. The Emergency Department has been particularly challenged lately and it was great that some of our doctors and nurses could attend the match.”

Hospital staff witnessed Rovers make an excellent ‘recovery’, after conceding an early goal, before going on to take a ‘healthy’ 3-2 lead at half-time.

Occupational Therapist Graham Garlick enjoyed re-visiting Ewood Park and said: “As a lifelong fan who has followed Rovers for 30 years, it was great to watch us gain a well-deserved victory and it was a fantastic game with lots of goals. The seats were brilliant and the Rovers fans are a truly loyal bunch. Thank you Blackburn Rovers.”

Danny Davis, Business Development Manager at Rovers, added: “People should feel positive and proud of the NHS. It's a fantastic service and we wanted to show our appreciation for what they do.

“It was great to see so many local NHS staff at the match, especially the many Rovers fans who work at East Lancashire Hospitals.”

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