We were back at London Road for our latest Kick on Saturday to give Daniel from Hampton, Peterborough a day to remember. We spotted Daniel’s story in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and contacted his family to invite them along to the game against Tranmere.
Daniel was unable to walk at all because his cerebral palsy caused weakness in his legs and arms. However his family raised money from their savings and fundraising events to send him to a hospital in St Louis, Missouri for a life-changing operation.
Daniel underwent a complicated procedure in May last year – known as selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery. His progress has been remarkable and now he can walk with sticks and has even taken a few steps without them.
The day started for Daniel, who came along with Mum, Dad and brother Adam, with a tour of the ground and meeting the Posh players in the dressing room. Afterwards it was time for a kick about on the pitch with the other mascots. Daniel took part using his frame due to the wet weather but was still determined to get fully involved in the warm up and received a huge cheer when he scored in front of the London Road End.
Then it was time to go back into the tunnel to walk out with the teams ahead of kick off and as he came off he was given a standing ovation by fans in the Main Stand, a truly emotional moment for his family.
On behalf of Free Kicks and Daniel’s parents we would like to thank everybody at Posh for their kindness particularly Simon Morby, who looks after the mascots on match day. Also thanks to players from both sides who made sure Daniel was fully included during the fair play handshake.
More pictures and video here : – http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y153/Poshsteve/Posh%20v%20Tranmere/