Twin boys who are avid Derby County fans spent their dream day touring the club recently thanks to building firm Cameron Homes.
Sam and Alex Bolton (13), of Littleover, were diagnosed as toddlers with a condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a life limiting neuromuscular condition that causes deterioration in the nerves that connect the brain to the muscles.
The City Of Derby Academy pupils attend Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough a few times a year for respite care and it was that hospice that arranged the club visit through Cameron.
Their father Ian commented: “We can’t thank everyone at Cameron Homes enough for the opportunity to take part in such a brilliant experience. We were overwhelmed by the whole day and it’s fair to say that they have become the envy of a few of their friends and most of their family as we are all Derby County fans.”
Alex said that he especially loved his tour of the training ground, where they watched a training session and saw one of the youth teams play against Manchester City.
He said: “We really enjoyed our time at the training ground, especially meeting some of the players and Frank Lampard. We have been to a few matches but unfortunately not very often.”
Sam added that meeting some the players and Frank Lampard was also the highlight of the visit for him: “Thank you to everyone who organised this amazing day for us. It makes us feel really special,” he said.
The boys were also given a first team shirt with Mason Bennett and Jayden Bogle on the back and got to meet those players.
Dad Ian added: “With the help of Danielle Gadsby of Cameron Homes we were able to get as many autographs as we could and many photos of Sam and Alex with the players and they are planning on putting their signed shirts up in their bedrooms.
“They especially loved meeting Frank Lampard and Harry Wilson, one of their favourite players, but everyone made them feel special on the day, which as a parent means the world to see your children so happy and excited.
“We will be cheering The Rams on, as always, for their remaining games of the season.”
Dani Gadsby of Cameron Homes, who are building a range of housing developments throughout the East Midlands, commented: “We were delighted to be able to arrange the visit for Sam and Alex and to see how much the day meant to them.”
On May 6 Ian and his brother are hosting their 12th annual charity golf day at Morley Hayes in aid of Rainbow Hospice, with participants competing for “The Sam and Alex Bolton Trophy'