Pool are superheroes to hospice youngsters

Staff and patients at Brian House in Bispham have made a good luck card for Blackpool FC ahead of their crunch match against Manchester United at the weekend. Pictured are patients Gracie-Ann Fletcher and Lauren Cooper (front) with Gracie-Ann's parents Garry and Alysha, and staff members Janet Miller, Julie Shanley, Rachel Heaton and Lorraine Cundy.
Staff and patients at Brian House in Bispham have made a good luck card for Blackpool FC ahead of their crunch match against Manchester United at the weekend. Pictured are patients Gracie-Ann Fletcher and Lauren Cooper (front) with Gracie-Ann's parents Garry and Alysha, and staff members Janet Miller, Julie Shanley, Rachel Heaton and Lorraine Cundy.

THEY may not be able to fly– but to these children, the Seasiders’ stars are still superheroes.

And with a bit of glitter, glue and tangerine paper the youngsters at Brian House Children’s Hospice have made sure Blackpool FC’s players know just how important they are.

Four of the Bispham hospice’s patients have spent the last week getting creative to make a good luck card especially for the Seasiders players ahead of Sunday’s match.

And they hope their message will take pride of place in the Old Trafford dressing room.

Playworker Sue Pelling said: “Blackpool Football Club support us a lot and visit us, and have spent a lot of time getting to know the children personally.

“With the match on Sunday being quite an important one we thought we would send them our luck.

“Quite a few of the children are Blackpool fans and there’s great excitement about the match.

“We wanted to make this card for the players to say how proud we are of them and we wish them all the luck in the world.

“I think we are hoping the card will spur them on. We’re going to send it to the dressing room and we hope it makes them smile.”

Along with the playworkers, four children between the ages of two-and-a-half and three helped to make the card, sticking coloured stars and hearts on the inside for the players.

The card tells the team they are superheroes, and ties in with a “Superhero Day” held by schools across the Fylde Coast in support of Children’s Hospice Week.

Inside the card, it reads: “Good luck on Sunday lots of love all the children at Brian House.”

Sue added: “It would be fitting if the week finished with their own superheroes from Blackpool FC taking to the pitch for their biggest match of the season.”

Don’t miss The Gazette tomorrow for our super Pool poster and all our pre-match sport and news coverage.