Celts fans’ dream has come true

Fam­ily meet play­ers and staff

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Hoops’ Guests - Ian Bunt­ing

A Celtic-daft Coat­bridge fam­ily’s dreams came true when they got to meet play­ers and staff from their beloved foot­ball club.

The Fitz­pat ricks also trav­elled to the Hoops’ game at Mother­well last month in some style as they rocked up at Fir Park sta­dium in a plush stretch limou­sine.

The un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence was all thanks to the Les Hoey MBE DreamMaker Foun­da­tion, which ar­ranges spec­tac­u­lar spe­cial treats for chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

Brave lit­tle Kai­son Fitz­patrick, two, was reg­is­tered with the charity af­ter he de­vel­oped chronic lung dis­ease and or­gan­i­sa­tion founder Les Hoey, of Wishaw, stepped in to treat Kai­son’s fam­ily to their foot­balling fi­esta.

Sadly Kai­son wasn’t well enough to at­tend the mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion, but his mum Jacqueline, 32, and brother Ai­den, 10, were on hand.

Kai­son’s aunt Hay­ley and cousins Erin and Jack also got to meet with Celtic man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers, cap­tain Scott Brown and other mem­bers of the Hoops’ first-team squad at the Dakota ho­tel in Euro­cen­tral be­fore head­ing off by limo to see their favourites draw 0-0 with Mother­well.

Hay­ley, six, is also with the DreamMaker Foun­da­tion af­ter hav­ing her kid­ney re­moved and the Fitz­patrick fam­ily were “ab­so­lutely thrilled” to have the chance to get up close and per­sonal to their foot­balling he­roes.

Kai­son’s mum Jacqueline told the Ad­ver­tiser: “Kai­son wasn’t able to go along but it was bril­liant to see Ai­den, Erin and Jack so happy to meet Bren­dan Rodgers and the play­ers.

“They were all re­ally great with the kids and took the time to chat, sign au­to­graphs and take pho­tos.

“Les [Hoey] then ar­ranged for a limou­sine to take us straight to the Mother­well game and it was a day we’ll never for­get.

“We are all Celtic fans and can­not thank Les and the Foun­da­tion enough for treat­ing us to such a spe­cial event.”

Jacqueline added: “Kai­son has chronic lung dis­ease and spent some time in the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Glas­gow.

“Thank­fully, he is do­ing a lot bet­ter now; he at­tends a lung clinic and phys­io­ther­apy at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw ev­ery six months.

“It af­fects him more dur­ing the win­ter and he was on oxy­gen then, but the hope is that he will grow out of his ill­ness over time.”

Les Hoey and mem­bers of his Foun­da­tion are tak­ing part in Kilt­walk fundrais­ers this sum­mer – the first of which takes place in Glas­gow on April 29.

● To find out more, visit www. thek­ilt­walk. co. uk/ dreammaker-foun­da­tion/

Pre­cious love Mum Jacqueline shortly af­ter Kai­son’s birth

Meet­ing the boss Kai­son’s brother Ai­den and cousin Erin with Celtic gaffer Bren­dan Rodgers

Dream day Erin meets with Celtic cap­tain Scott Brown and winger Patrick Roberts

Get­ting treat­ment Kai­son spent time in Glas­gow’s Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren

Bat­tling back Kai­son, two, is do­ing “a lot bet­ter now”

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