Thanks to Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, Louie, aged 8, from Battersea was given the chance to meet the Chelsea first-team at an open-training session.
Since last October, the Charity based in Chelsea and Harefield, has been taking young patients to Chelsea FC’s training ground to meet their footballing heroes.
Louie, along with another young patient from our hospitals, Riley, had the chance to meet the Chelsea first-team, before photos and autographs. Both boys couldn’t contain their excitement as they watched the team get put through their paces at training, before being greeted by each of the players.
Louie, aged 8, was born with Holt-Oram syndrome, a rare condition which affects only 1 in 100,000. It’s characterised by skeletal abnormalities of the hands and arms and heart defects. He has had three open-heart surgeries at Royal Brompton and has also been fitted with an epicardial pacemaker.
The Chelsea Community Day meant Louie could meet his favourite player, Eden Hazard – a memory to last a lifetime. Mum Tammy-Lee who also joined us said, “It was an amazing experience and we are both still star struck!”
Tammy-Lee will be taking on an abseil challenge later this month in aid of our Charity.