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Rovers stars make special school visit

DG and Richie popped by to talk to children at Longshaw Community Junior School

6 November 2018

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Danny Graham and Richie Smallwood paid a special visit to the school of young Rovers fan Leon Langford, who is recovering in hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

Leon’s story made the national news after he fell through a factory roof and was airlifted to Alder Hay Children’s Hospital, where he was placed in an induced coma.

Paul Haythornthwaite, a Rovers season ticket holder and headteacher at Longshaw Community Junior School, gave an update on Leon’s condition in front of a packed school assembly, confirming that the nine-year-old is in good spirits, but faces a long road to recovery.

The popular players were joined at the school by staff from Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, who put on a special session all about resilience – focusing on footage of speed skater Steven Bradbury, who battled back from several setbacks to claim gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The Rovers duo then took part in an entertaining Q&A, where Richie revealed he once considered a career in the Armed Forces, whilst Danny admitted he was scared of spiders!

The fans favourites rounded off the visit by presenting certificates to star students at the school.

Danny said: “It was good to talk about resilience and highlighting what it takes to be successful – the attitude of never giving up when you don’t think you can do something.

“It was a nice message and it was nice to come in and see the kids, show our faces and I hopefully they’ve had a good day.

“I’ve got kids back at home and I know the football club does a lot of work with schools around the Blackburn area.

“So it’s nice to come out and if we can put a smile on their faces and they actually take stuff in from what’s been said, then it’s a good day all round.

“It’s another bit of good work from the football club again and it keeps everyone pulling together.”


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