JOEY BARTON MOVED ON VISIT TO HOSPICE
Burnley star Joey Barton was moved yesterday as he visited the local hospice.
He met terminally-ill patients who greeted him with smiles and told him of their Clarets memories at Pendleside Hospice.
He spent 15 minutes chatting to 72-year-old Turf Moor fan and former van driver Harry Johnson, of Colne, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Harry’s wife Jackie said: “Joey’s words have given Harry a massive boost.”
Barton, who is expected to be in the Clarets line up against his boyhood heroes Everton at Goodison tomorrow (Saturday), revealed his 47-year-old uncle is suffering from cancer.
He said: “I think hospices do some fantastic work. My grandfather was in a hospice before he died and now my uncle is receiving treatment.”
“It has been a very pleasant and moving experience meeting the patients.”
Barton, who was joined by teammate Jon Flanagan, gave a good luck message to another sporting hero Barry Newton.
Barry, 68, of Brierfield, who is suffering lung and bowel cancer, is running the Great Northern Family Run in July in aid of the hospice.
Barton told him: “I give you all of my best wishes and hope you achieve what you are hoping to achieve.”
The visit was arranged by Burnley FC In the Community who are working in partnership with the hospice.
It endorsed the joint community day at Turf Moor when Burnley play Manchester United on Sunday, April 23.
It costs almost £4million a year to run the hospice of which more than £3million has to be raised through public donations.
Caption 1: Joey Barton chats to Burnley fan Harry Johnson, who is suffering terminal cancer