A day with his Chelsea football heroes lit up the life of a young Duchenne muscular dystrophy sufferer from Maidstone.
Mason Towner, who is 11 and lives in Park Wood, was granted a wish by the Round Table Children’s Wish charity, which helps children with life-threatening illnesses.
Mason’s mum Rachel Stone said: “We kept the whole thing a surprise. Mason is a great Chelsea fan so we knew he would love a wish involving the team.
“I kept it a secret from him until the night before when he opened the box Round Table Children’s Wish had sent him. To see the look on his face was just brilliant.
“Mason spends time at Demelza children’s hospice in Sittingbourne and his key worker there put him forward – and Round Table Children’s Wish made it happen.
“From the minute we arrived at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground we were so well looked after. We watched them train and then met the team – and the captain gave Mason a pair of boots.
“They made him feel really special.”
Mason’s big brothers George and Alfie are Chelsea fans too and they shared the day with him.
Rachel said: “We all had a wonderful time and Mason didn’t want to leave. He kept saying thank you so much for organising it.
“But it was all thanks to Round Table Children’s Wish – they were really amazing.
“Something like this is such a boost for a child such as Mason. We just take his condition day by day – sometimes he’s in a lot of pain due to fractures in his spine. He has a needle phobia which makes treatment difficult.
“We are so grateful – he can get very frustrated about the things he can’t do anymore but this day with his heroes really perked him up.”
Round Table Children’s director Karen Winchcombe said: “We were so pleased to be able to make this wish come true for Mason with the help of Chelsea FC Foundation – we are very grateful for their support.
“Over the last 30 years we have helped make wishes come true for many youngsters and their families all over the country, whether it’s meeting their heroes, a special holiday or an amazing experience.
“We rely entirely on donations from Round Tablers and kind-hearted members of the public to make our children’s wishes come true and we are very grateful to them.”
You can learn more about the work of Round Table Children’s Wish at www.rtcw.org.
To find out more about the work of the Chelsea FC Foundation see @CFCFoundation.
Note to reporters
Round Table Children’s wish is a national charity which grants hand-crafted wishes to children aged four to 17 with life-threatening illnesses.
Round Table Children’s Wish,
857 Wimborne Road,
Tel: 01202 514515
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