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Season 2012/13

VIP visitors call in at Carrington

  • 24 April 2013 14:22
  • Posted by @dcalyton_mcfc

Five very special VIP visitors and their family members enjoyed a special visit to Carrington on Wednesday morning.

Hasan Umar (aged 15) from Surrey, Charlie Rider (aged 7) from London, Ryan Pattenden (aged 9) from Manchester, Kevin Lester (aged 56) from South Yorkshire and Mohammed Aslam (aged 14) from Dewsbury watched training and met their heroes for a chat and autographs.

Former City keeper Alex Williams, MBE, was in attendance to make sure everything went smoothly.

All the visitors have or have been suffering from serious medical conditions and the trip was  organised through various children’s organisations such as the Make A Wish Foundation and the Starlight Foundation.

VIP visit 1

Charlie Rider (pictured below), who is in remission from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, revealed he had met his idol - Carlos Tevez at long last!

“I live in London but Carlos is my favourite footballer,” he said. “When I found out which team he played for, I became a City fan so it’s a bit of a long story. He signed my tracksuit top and asked me how I was doing so it’s been a great day. I met Sergio too, which was brilliant.”

VIP 3

Ryan Pattenden, who suffers from Friedreichs Ataxia, was accompanied by his mum Carlo who said: “Ryan has been looking forward to this day ever since he was told. He was so excited to meet Joe Hart and Sergio Aguero. This will means so much to him and give him a huge lift.”

City have strong and long-lasting relationships with a number of ‘wish granting charities’ including the Make a Wish, Starlight and Dreams Come True Foundations who create and provide supportive and special experiences to terminally and seriously ill children.

So far during the 2012/2013 season, the Club has provided 16 separate opportunities for some of the most deserving children to get close to the players.

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