Saracens mascot for a day
I was really pleased when I was given 12 year old Luke’s dream to work on – I love a challenge and wanted to make his dream the best I could.
Luke is into Rugby as well as American Football and it was his dream to get behind the scenes of one of the teams. Luke lives with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that causes his muscles to weaken and means he is now dependent on a wheelchair. Having approached several clubs by telephone, email, facebook and twitter, I was getting nowhere fast. Then the lovely people at Clear Computing and Vantage Professional Risks stepped forward with their connections at Saracens Rugby Club.
I was so surprised to actually receive an email from Edward at the Saracens, you could have knocked my socks off. He spoke to Luke’s mum and invited the family to watch the Saracens play Toulouse at Wembley – not only that but Luke would be treated like a VIP.
On the day we were taken on a fab tour around Wembley – including being taken to where the Queen sits when she goes. Luke then got to meet the Vamps – an up and coming new band who performed at half time.
Before the match began Luke, dressed in the Saracens kit, was with the team when they all came on the field. An extremely proud moment for his parents and it brought a lump to my throat.
Sadly Saracens lost by one point but what an exciting game. The best part for me (this was my first ever Rugby match) was listing to Luke and his Dad discussing the various kicks, points etc. Luke clearly knows his stuff – it was brilliant.
As Luke said, “It was brilliant. I loved meeting the team and we were even shown the section that the Queen sits in. And we met the band, The Vamps. The Saracens were winning for most of it, but unfortunately lost by 1 point in the end. It was great though and I will never forget this.”
After the game, we were taken back down to the Bobby Moore Suite where Schalk Britts took time out of his schedule to come over to our little group and spent a good half hour talking with Luke.
Today we received a great card from Luke’s mum saying, “Just a little thankyou from the Griffin family. Luke really, really enjoyed his dream, meeting the Saracens and being mascot at Wembley. He has made a friend in Schalk Britts now. Also the people couldn’t have done more, the hotel was lovely, nothing was too much trouble.”
A brilliant dream and one that I shall remember for a long time.
Author: Michelle Chenery
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