The footballer who came to tea
Brave Archie meets his hero
A PREMIER League footballer made a child’s dreams come true when he waited for him to come home from school and surprised him on his doorstep.
Nine-year-old Archie Hill, who suffers from life-limiting muscle wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was spotted by Arsenal star Jack Wilshere during a television interview the Hill family did last month.
Wilshere, 23, was impressed with how Archie had written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking for some help in his fight against the debilitating illness.
The England player subsequently paid a visit to the youngster’s home, before having a kick-about in his back garden with brother Leyton and playing PlayStation with the pair.
Archie’s mum, Louisa, said: “We were absolutely staggered when the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign called us to say Jack had been in touch about meeting Archie. We have had to keep the secret for weeks.
“Meeting Jack was absolutely amazing. He spent hours with the boys, in the garden, on the computer and chatting away. It is every child’s dream come true to come home from school one day and see their hero standing in the hallway.
“Archie kept thinking it was a dream and the smile on his face is something that we will always treasure.”
Archie Hill spent the afternoon with Jack Wilshere been fantastic meeting Archie and Leyton. My mum told me about Archie’s interview and I was really impressed by how grown up he was to go on television and to write to the Prime Minister like that. They are really great boys.”
Robert Meadowcroft, chief executive of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, said: “Life as a nine-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy can be very hallenging at times.
“It’s a lot for any young person to have to deal with. Archie is such a positive boy and braved talking about his musclewasting condition on national television.
“We are absolutely delighted that Jack got in touch and asked to meet Archie to tell him just how impressed he was. We cannot thank Jack enough for his support.”