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Brave Llangollen boy’s footballing mascot dream comes true

Published date: 10 January 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A COURAGEOUS boy has been selected as mascot for a Premier League team.

Everton fan Jake Davies, 10, who has cerebral palsy, will be the team’s mascot when they play West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on January 30.

The once-in-a-lifetime role is a dream come true for the Llangollen boy. The team normally choose mascots at random from season ticket holders and fanclub members.

But Jake was chosen when two charities got together to give a deserving child a special day.

The Free Kicks Foundation is a charity who aims to give disadvantaged children a day to remember with their favourite football club.

Father Rob Davies, 48, said: “They were looking to give a child the chance to be a mascot and they spoke to Everton in the Community (an Everton FC affiliated charity).

“They said ‘do you know of any children who would really like this?”

He said Everton in the Community worker Mark Dolen had met Jake when he was at Alder Hey children’s hospital.

“He turned up there when Jake was in for an operation and a bit down. It really brightened up Jake’s day, it’s fantastic what they do.”

Rob wrote a letter to the charity thanking them and two days later Mark visited again with a academy tracksuit top that cannot be bought in any fan shop.

“So when the Free Kicks Foundation asked, Mark said ‘I know just the kid’.

“We can’t get a season ticket, there’s a massive waiting list for disabled people. We go to maybe four games a year on a rota basis.

“He’s so excited. There are a lot of Everton fans in Llangollen and when they see Jake they say ‘not long to go now’, and he laughs.”

Jake has just started at St Christopher’s School in Wrexham.

“He started in September and he’s having a whale of a time there,” said Rob.

He lives at Pengwern, Llangollen with Rob, mother Christine, 44, and sister Ella, also 10.

The brave youngster has no  control over any of his limbs and doesn’t speak.

Last year saw a massive fundraising effort to buy him a special bike with wheelchair attachment to help him get out and about.

“It’s brilliant, fantastic, we use the bike all the time,” Rob said.

This year Rob joined charity golfing group Graham Lloyd Golf Classic, who raised £2,500 for Alder Hey and Ronald McDonald House, and £2,500 towards a trust for
Jake.

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