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Brave Ellis Jones steps out to wow the fans at Edgar Street
JUST a year ago, Ellis Jones stood on his own two feet for the first time. Now, he’s made his “debut” with Hereford United.
Ellis united the county in his wish to walk unaided.
On Saturday, he was the mascot at Edgar Street, walked through the prematch handshake by Bulls skipper Luke Graham.
The Hereford Times has told Ellis’s story from the start – how a little boy born with cerebral palsy needed a highly specialist operation just to put two feet forward for himself.
Something about Ellis and his family – and their simple wish for him to walk – struck a chord across the county. The result was a remarkable fund-raising effort which secured the £45,000 needed for that surgery in a matter of months.
Ellis has had it tough since that cutting edge operation in the USA last year; tougher than first thought.
It took a long time for him to conquer the fear of putting one foot in front of the other, let alone cope with five-times-a-week physio sessions that would take it out of an adult.
But, a step at a time, his movements have become more confident. Mum Tara says those steps may be “wobbly” but they’re getting somewhere.
They took him to start his education at Hereford’s Trinity Primary School last month, confident enough to get around with a stick and with that confidence boosted by classmates everyday.
Saturday was a big test, but by saving his strength for the walk through, Ellis came through for himself – and all those who did so much to get him on his feet.
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