Earlier in the year 18 year old Posh fan Aaron, from Orton Goldhay in the city, was nominated to us by East Anglian Children’s Hospice. We had arranged for him to come along to Saturday’s match against Middlesbrough at London Road but, in-between arranging the Kick and getting back in contact with Aaron and his family to finalise arrangements, their house was destroyed by a devastating arson attack. Luckily nobody was hurt in the fire but Aaron, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, has had to move to the other side of the city while the house is repaired.
We decided that the whole family deserved a special treat so we invited Aaron along with his sister Latisha, mum Linda and granddad David along to have a meal in the executive suite before the game and 7 year old Latisha was mascot for the day.
Wet met them all in reception where Latisha received her Posh kit and we presented Aaron with a signed Posh shirt before everyone started on the tour of the stadium. As usual the tour included a visit to the dressing room to meet the players, then it was time for the family to head up to the executive suite for the meal.
Next treat for Latisha was a kick about on the pitch with the other mascots whilst wearing her new kit before heading back into the tunnel to line up, ready to lead the Posh out for kick-off. She walked out onto the pitch with Posh skipper Grant McCann and then took her seat with Aaron, Linda and David in the family stand to watch as the game finished in a 1-1 draw.
On behalf of the family we would like to thank everybody at Posh for their wonderful hospitality and the kind words from Kirsten Fry and Bob Burrows.
Pictures by Ashley Thorpe