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Lucy’s dream day meeting her footballing heroes

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Lucy’s dream day meeting her footballing heroes thumbnailLucy and her dad David meet star striker, Wayne Rooney.

IT'S not every day you get to see a football team worth over £300m train just a stone's throw away.

But that is exactly what one special little Drumlee girl got to do with her dad yesterday (Monday).

Yesterday morning, Lucy and her dad travelled to Manchester United's AON training complex to watch the squad train ahead of their Europa League clash this Thursday.

Lucy Parke, who suffers from a rare premature ageing condition, not only got to watch the Premier League side Manchester United train she also got the chance to meet them for some photographs, including striker Wayne Rooney.

Lucy, who will celebrate her seventh birthday next week, loved the day and was smiling from ear to ear the whole time - so was her dad!

But the day was to get even better as they then got to meet all their footballing heroes, including £90m signing Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, who celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday also.

The primary three pupil at Drumadonnell Primary School even managed to get them to sign her autograph book!

And after what could be described as a frustrating game against Burnley at the weekend, the players were in a surprisingly buoyant mood to make a number of their supporters' dream come true.

After the meet and greet with members of the Manchester United first team, they were then treated to a buffet lunch and then got a tour of the Old Trafford Stadium and a visit to the Manchester United Museum.

The Manchester United Foundation hold Dream Days twice a year and it was Lucy's aunt Louise McDowell who first read about them online several months ago.

"When Lucy was in hospital earlier this year, the staff gave her a certificate saying that she was Daisy Hill's Number one Manchester United fan.

"Her dad supports the team and she loves wearing her Manchester United kit so I thought it would be nice for her to get the chance to meet them.

"I know that she is the envy of all Manchester United fans in the Rathfriland area at the moment," said Louise.

The Manchester United Foundation said that they hold these dream days for fans with life-limiting illnesses.

"The days are a dream come-true for fans, many of whom deal with intense pain and discomfort on a day-to-day basis.

"For some of the supporters, the chance to meet the players is a truly uplifting experience at a time when they need it most."

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