The Royals welcomed a very special guest to Madejski Stadium on SaturdayReading Football Club were delighted to welcome a very special guest to Madejski Stadium on Saturday when the Royals faced Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship.
10-year-old Felix Brown was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia just seven weeks ago, but he has remained extremely positive through a difficult time for both him and his family, writing a Facebook blog on how he is coping with the cancer and giving an insight into his day to day life.
The youngster is a football lover and a huge fan of Royals forward Yann Kermorgant, who himself suffered from the illness as a teenager.
After learning about Felix’s story, Yann has been in constant contact over the phone as well as via text message, giving words of support and advice to Felix and his family. The Royals forward recorded a personal video message to Felix in fact, which the striker sent along with one of his shirts, signed, to Felix’s home in Bournemouth.
In the message, Yann said, “It was great speaking to you Felix, stay strong and all the best my friend.”
On Saturday, Felix and his family were invited to our clash against Cardiff City as guests of the club as we wanted to give them a positive experience as a family, which they will always remember.
The club spoke to local luxury car dealer HR Owen, who kindly provided a chauffeur-driven Aston Martin and Bentley to take Felix and his family to and from the stadium on the day of the game – making sure they arrived in style!
Upon arrival at Madejski Stadium, Felix, his parents Kerry and Dylan, sister Talia and brother Rufus, were shown to the hospitality suites where they enjoyed lunch and met with Yann in person for a quick chat before kick-off.
Yann had a couple more gifts for Felix and the family, presenting him with another Royals first team shirt… this time signed by the entire squad and with FELIX on the back!
The most exciting moment of Felix’s afternoon was still to come however, when he made his way down to the tunnel to meet the first team in the dressing room before walking out onto the pitch beside his idol as a matchday mascot.
Felix almost became Yann’s lucky mascot in fact – Kermorgant went through one on one with the keeper in pretty much the first chance of the game, only to be denied by a good save from City stopper Simon Moore.
After the game and an exhausting but very exciting day, Felix and the family made their way to the Millennium Madejski Hotel to spend the night and reflect on a truly memorable afternoon!
We would like to thank the Millennium Madejski Hotel for the free accommodation they provided to the family at the end of a fantastic day and the club would also like to say thank you to HR Owen for their generosity in helping this dream come true.
Paul Carvell, Brand Ambassador for Aston Martin Reading and Bentley Berkshire said, “We often work with people who might be considered privileged and extremely fortunate as we operate at the dream end of the market and so we are very happy to have the opportunity to give something back, particularly to a family who are having such a challenging time.
“You can only imagine what it must be like for Felix and his family at the moment and so to be able to help make their day extra special and put a smile on their faces is an absolute pleasure. Even if it is just for a few moments we are delighted to help and show people really do care.”