A young Hartlepool United fan who is battling leukaemia enjoyed a dream day as an official mascot for her footballing heroes.
Ten-year-old Elly Mae Waugh got to walk on to the Victoria Park pitch with the players at today’s home game against Wimbledon AFC.
The special treat was organised between cancer charity Miles for Men and the club in recognition of everything Elly Mae has gone through over the last nine months – and her favourite team even delivered a 1-0 win.
Since she was diagnosed with the condition last Julie, Elly Mae has spent five out of the last six months in a hospital bed at Newcastle’s RVI.
Miles for Men and Hartlepool United have helped to keep a smile on Elly Mae’s face during that time by visiting her and taking her presents. At Christmas, Pools stars Scott Fenwick, Michael Woods and mascot H’Angus paid her a surprise visit and took her presents.
Yesterday she posed for pictures with Pools goalkeeper Trevor Carson, got a hug from Craig Hignett and got up to mischief with H’Angus.
She said: “It was excellent. The best part was watching the match and going in the dressing room.”
Mum Diane Metcalfe said: “She loved it. She even said what the score would be and she was right!”
Elly Mae had spent her birthday, Christmas and Halloween undergoing treatment in hospital.
But she is now back at home after her treatment has gone “brilliantly”.
Dad Dean Waugh said: “She went for a weekly check up on Thursday and her specialist is over the moon with her progress so far.”
Yesterday marked what is hoped to be the first of many visits to Victoria Park to watch Pools play.
Dean added: “The day couldn’t come quick enough for her. She absolutely loves Pools but with one thing and another she had never been before.
“She has always followed them from outside so to speak.”
Kevin Hill, of Miles for Men, said: “Her face when she found out she was going to be the mascot – she was over the moon because it’s something she has always wanted to do.
“She is always a happy-go-lucky sort of girl and we thought she deserved it.”