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Footballer Wayne Rooney makes dream come true for Presteigne fan
THE dreams of a teenage boy came true when he met his favourite soccer star.
Oliver Latham, from Presteigne, was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy at birth, and although he can’t play the sport, he’s a fervent football fan.
So it came as no surprise that the 13-year-old was extremely excited to be given the chance to visit Old Trafford and meet the Manchester United team, including Wayne Rooney.
The visit was arranged by charity Starlight, which grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children.
Oliver and his parents Eric and Kelly, and little brother Bailey, also got the chance to watch the team train.
Kelly said: “Oliver is still buzzing from the day. All the money in the world couldn’t buy a day like that – it was absolutely fantastic.
“As a mum, it was amazing to see Oliver’s face. He was just so happy. It really was a one in a million opportunity.”
Oliver has regular physio and hydrotherapy to assist his mobility but may require hip reconstruction surgery in the future.
Along with the other children who attended the Manchester United Dream Day, Oliver also received a shirt signed by the team and a goodie bag.
To refer a child for a wish or to donate, visit starlight.org.uk.