A Hartlepool youngster who is battling leukaemia had a day she would never forget when she got to meet her beloved footballing heroes.
Ten-year-old Ellymae Waugh got special surprise visit from players of her beloved Hartlepool United, and club mascot H’Angus.
Ellymae, who attends West View Primary School, was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Her family was told she would have stay at the hospital for Christmas and probably until Easter at earliest.
But charity fundraiser, Stephen Picton, found out about Ellymae earlier in the year via a relative and stuck to his word when asked if he could help bring a smile to her face.
Pools fan Ellymae, was overwhelmed when Hartlepool United mascot H’Angus burst into her room on Ward 4 – but he wasn’t alone.
Pools stars Scott Fenwick and Michael Woods were not far behind, and they brought lots of gifts with them.
They handed over a range of signed Pools items and posed for photographs.
Michael was full of praise for Ellymae. He said: “What we have done today puts a lot of things into perspective for us as players. Scotty and I are delighted to have been asked to come along, it really was a privilege for us.”
Scott said: “We talk about fighting for points and almost live in this football bubble at times. Then we come along to something like today visiting a young fan who is poorly and you realise the real fights going on around you. It was great to meet her and we will be keeping in contact that’s for sure.”
Ellymae’s mum and dad, Dean and Diane were delighted at the special visit, saying: “To see her smile stretch from ear to ear was amazing. You do not realise how much of a positive affect today will have on her, and us as a family.”
Organiser Stephen Picton thanked everyone who helped make the day possible including Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall, everyone at the club, Cakes by Nemo on Raby Road, the staff on Ward 4 at the RVI Newcastle, Mike Young, and most of all Michael Woods, Scott Fenwick and H’Angus.