A schoolboy with a rare muscle-wasting disease was delighted to be appointed match mascot for a local football fixture this month.
Adam Sevenoaks was asked to fulfil the role by the manager of Chickerell under 13s football team, who he had met at a charity event.
The ten-year-old, from Dorset, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) when he was just three-years-old.
Chris Evans, who manages the junior side, had previously handed the proceeds of a charity raffle awarded to his club to the Sevenoaks family – to help them raise the £15,000 needed for a hot tub, which will greatly relieve the youngster’s debilitating symptoms.
But his generosity did not end there and, having been touched by Adam’s story, he extended the invitation to represent the team at a match.
“I asked if Adam wanted to come down and be our mascot and we presented him with his own home and away shirts,” Mr Evans told the Dorset Echo.
“I just really felt he deserved it, Adam is a lovely lad, he is bright and friendly and it was just nice to make someone’s day.”
Mum Mary said: “Adam absolutely loved going down to the match. At half time he was over there with Chris talking tactics, he loves his football.”
And his parents were also pleased to report that following the Rotary Club event last year, they managed to raise the funds they needed for the hot tub.
The equipment has made a big difference to the youngster, helping him with his daily exercises and alleviating the discomfort he feels as a result of the condition.
DMD affects around one in every 5,000 boys and it is probably the best-known form of the muscle-wasting disease. Despite significant research, the average life expectancy remains just 26-years-old.
At EnViva Paediatric Care, our experienced staff can provide complex nurse-managed homecare for babies, children and young people with a range of disabling conditions including DMD. For more information about the services we provide, please contact us today.