Sta­dium event a dream come true for young­sters

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

WIDNES Vik­ings wel­comed three- year- old Fred­die Buck and fouryear-old Zak Har­ri­son to the Hal­ton Sta­dium along with their dads Kevin and Joe, as part of the Rin­nai Dream Maker Ex­pe­ri­ence.

Prior to the Club’s Su­per 8s clash with Leeds Rhi­nos, the group took part in a be­hind-the-scenes tour of the Vik­ings’ fa­cil­i­ties at the Hal­ton Sta­dium.

First team star Danny Craven led the tour as they ex­plored the Vik­ings chang­ing rooms and were given an in­sight into the player’s pre-match prepa­ra­tions.

Af­ter run­ning out of the tun­nel and onto the iPitch to take part in some rugby league ac­tiv­i­ties, the group then headed to the ● De­liv­ered Health So­lu­tions Per­for­mance Cen­tre.

There, they were given a tour of the gym and Fred­die and Zak were given the chance to col­lect au­to­graphs of their favourite Vik­ings stars.

To round off their day, they then led the teams out onto the iPitch as mas­cots along­side cap­tain Joe Mel­lor.

Zak’s fa­ther Joe nom­i­nated the pair for the ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter they lost their Nan and Grandad within a short space of time.

Kevin re­cently raised al­most £5,000 for State Of Mind in me­mory of his fa­ther and Fred­die and Zak’s Grandad, Arty, af­ter com­plet­ing a marathon 26-mile row at Vic­to­ria Park.

Char­lotte Jake­man, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer at the Vik­ings said: “It was an hon­our to wel­come Fred­die and Zak to the Hal­ton Sta­dium as part of our Rin­nai Dream Maker Ex­pe­ri­ence on Sun­day.

“Every­one thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence and it was great to see the smiles on the faces of the chil­dren as they ran out onto the iPitch.

“They have had a tough cou­ple of years, and we hope that we gave Fred­die and Zak a day to re­mem­ber which lifted their spir­its.

“I’d like to also say a mas­sive thank you to Danny Craven for giv­ing up his time to lead the tour.”

Any­one who knows some­body who can be the next re­cip­i­ent of the Rin­nai UK Dream Maker ex­pe­ri­ence, is asked to con­tact Char­lotte Jake­man at char­lot­tej@wid­nesvikings.co.uk or by phon­ing her on 0151 495 2250.

The Vik­ings wel­comed Fred­die Buck and Zak Har­ri­son to the sta­dium

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