A remarkable response to the story

WE WISH to express our heartfelt thanks to those at the Mercury who were involved in the story that has led to Jamie finding a football team to participate in. After a

WE WISH to express our heartfelt thanks to those at the Mercury who were involved in the story that has led to Jamie finding a football team to participate in. After a remarkable response to the story in the Mercury two weeks ago, it was a hard decision as to which to look at for him. We chose a team recommended by a teacher at Jamie's school. Our main reason was that this teacher had known Jamie for many years and knew what his condition would mean to any team taking him on.We spoke to the manager of the Under 13s at Priory Rangers on the telephone where we both put our ideas across as to what we were looking for in Jamie joining them. As a result Jamie and ourselves were invited to join the team at Priory School on Thursday evening. Jamie's step-dad and I had a very excited little boy on our hands, particularly as that day was his birthday on which he received boots, astro-turf trainers, training tracksuits, boot bag and many more football accessories.Seven o'clock couldn't come quickly enough but when it did he met Martin, the manager, and before we knew it he was on the practice ground running round with the other members of the team. He was given a training bib and football for which he is responsible and he is very proud. He loved it and came home one happy little boy, happier than we have seen him in a long, long time. The following Sunday with his step-dad he attended the team's cup game at Hutton Moor to cheer them on. Through wind and rain he stood there. This Thursday's training, and Jamie was up and ready for the evening's training nice and early. The only downside was that school had to come in between. He was again overjoyed to attend training, and took part in the mini-match. Martin, the star that he is, found Jamie a kit so he can really feel part of the team as he realised this was very important to him.His step-dad, Paul, was shouting like any good dad from the touchlines. This Sunday he will be on the sidelines cheering his team on again. I want to offer mine and Paul's sincere thanks to many people, so here I go: The sportsdesk at the Mercury; Mrs Askins from Ravenswood School; all the team coaches that responded to the story; Martin, the manager of Priory Rangers Under 13s and his staff, the players in the team and, of course, Paul, Jamie's step-dad. Without him I couldn't get him to the training and the matches. Thank you.CHRISTA AND PAUL HARPER - Wyvern Road, Weston


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