The foot­baller who came to tea

Brave Archie meets his hero

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

SUR­PRISE VISIT:

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.”

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