On Saturday 12th August we had 12 competitors who signed up for the 7k Mud Run
This Wish came about via a Facebook Post by a Lady called Jules Griffiths who was organizing a Local DIY SOS in Rugby for 12 yr old Tommy Lloyd
Tommy has a Very Rare form of Muscular Dystrophy and although he is able to walk some distances he is unable to climb stairs,
A lift was installed which takes Tommy from his Dining Room directly up into his bedroom, Its actually Life Changing for Tommy to be able to simply open the door press the button & before you know it he’s in his bedroom,
Other jobs completed were a newly fitted out Wet Room & total redecoration of the house with new carpets throughout,
The Local Support was Fantastic
We heard Tommy was an Arsenal Fanatic so we asked a few questions to a few people & a Very Kind Gent called Nick Hayden managed to source VIP Tickets to the Opening Home Game of the 2017 – 18 season against Leicester City FC & as if the tickets weren’t enough he also managed to get from the PFA, A signed David Beckham Manchester Utd shirt from the PFA Awards Ceremony in March 2017
What Kid doesn’t Like David Beckham!
On Match Day I picked up Tommy, Hayley & Dean and we set off to The Emirates Stadium, now I had been emailing with 2 Very Special Ladies in the days up to the Game who certainly need a mention, They are Carol from The PFA & Stacey from Arsenal FC, What they had arranged between them was Priceless, Money cannot buy the Experience Tommy & Family were about to be treated to!
We arrived at the Media Entrance where I actually spotted Jermain Jenas & Many other Well Known Stars from the World of Football, Jermain was actually a commentator for the game on 5 live that evening
So Tommy & Family meet up with Stacey at the Media Entrance & this is when the Real Experience started, They were taken to there seats in the Platinum Lounge, then were escorted to see the Team off the Coach under the stadium, on Route they bump into Arsenal Legend Mr Ian Wright & of course he is more than happy to have his Picture with Tommy,
The Coach pulls up & Tommy’s Favourite Player Mesut Ozil get of & give him a Thumbs up!
The Experience continues as they go back to the table for Dinner, Fantastic Food and then they get asked to take there seats in the stand,
The 1st half was Fantastic and Arsenal manage to pull the game back to 2-2 just before half time,
They go back to the table for more refreshments & Stacey arrives at Tommy’s Table with a Gift, it was an Arsenal Back Pack, Well inside were some unbelievable Gifts! loads of small items of Arsenal Memorabilia, Match Day Programme & an Mesut Ozil Arsenal shirt which had been signed by the whole Squad! To say Tommy was speechless is an understatement!
They then headed back out for the 2nd Half which was a great 45 mins
Arsenal actually went on to win the game 4-3 which meant Tommy was even happier after arsenal seemed to be behind for so long in the Game
After the game & back in the Platinum Suite they were joined by Arsenal Legend Bob Wilson who actually spent a lot of time talking to Hayley about his Charity “WILLOW” after losing his daughter Many years ago!
So that was it, Tommy’s Wish Granted and the journey home in the car was so Pleasurable as they were all Hyper by the experience that Carol & Stacey had arranged for them
Thank you Again Nick, Carol & Stacey for your support to make this Wish So So Memorable
Have a look at some of the Photo’s from the Evening & Thanks for taking the time to read this post
ALL the Team at Children’ Christmas Wish List
Just a couple of weeks ago we heard of Tommy’s Local DIY SOS Home Makeover!
Sadly we were unable to help with the house renovation which included a New Lift being installed as Tommy is really struggling with Stairs due to his illness “Muscular Dystrophy”
The whole house was redecorated & all new Carpets were fitted by Local Trades & Suppliers Free of Charge!
As we were unable to help I asked Jules “DIY SOS Organiser” If she could find out if Tommy was into any sport, Football, Rugby etc etc
She came back to me a day or so later & said Tommy loved Football & Arsenal FC was his Passion!
Well after messaging a few friends in the know we were able to get hold of
A Signed David Beckham – Manchester Utd Top
(Not Arsenal BUT what kid doesn’t like Mr David Beckham!)
3 Platinum VIP Hospitality Seats with all the trimmings to the 1st Home Game of the 2017/18 Season at the Emirates against Leicester City on Friday 11th August
We have arranged for a Car will pick them up in Rugby on Friday afternoon & take them to The Emirates Stadium for a day to remember sitting just next to the Arsenal Directors in there Director Box!
The car will wait and then take the Family Home again after the game,
We Cant wait for some Photos to Post on here From Hayley “Tommy’s Mum” after the Game on Friday Evening
Thanks to Those who Helped us arrange this Wish for Tommy “Local Lad to CCWL”
Sunday 6th August At A Secret Location in Warwickshire,
What a Fantastic Day was had by everyone who came along,
As the estate is privately owned we had to Personally invite all the Guests for our 1st ever Funday
It was amazing to think that over 200 people came together to enjoy our day which included Narrow gauge Steam Trains, A Steam Boat, plus other fantastic games etc for the kids to play on
It was amazing to think that this day was organised & paid for by ourselves at CCWL for everyone as a Thankyou & to support lots of Wish Children but the donation tins actually raised £1000 which is Fantastic
The BBQ went down rather well, we actually Run out (144 burgers & 160+ hotdogs)
The Beers, Prosecco & soft drinks all played a great part as the weather was amazing when you consider all the rain we had in the week leading up to our day
A few photos taken by a few who attended are attached & we hope to meet up with our amazing Host “Peter” to try to arrange another Fun Day in 2018
Thanks to all our volunteers on the day for looking after Face painting, train station, Boat launch, coconut shy, skittle alley plus the inflatable pit & assault course
Thanks for taking the time to read this post
Craig, Bob & All the CCWL Team
Sunday 14th May
Holly Hughes our 1st Wish Child has arrived at Give Kids The World Village in Florida with Mum Christina, Dad Chris & Aunty Cerys
Seeing the attached Photo’s (Not in Any Order) really does make you understand that what we do really does makes a difference!
Its only Day 2 for them at the Village but I will post more Photo’s as & when we get them
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