March 7 2014 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Friday, December 27, 2013
West Ham stars Mark Noble and James Tomkins gave Brentwood youngster Oliver Bailey a Christmas present he could have only dreamed of when they turned up on his doorstep.
The 10-year-old Bailey had no idea two of his heroes were about to walk into his living room while he was blindfolded.
The youngster had been nominated by dad Colin for the club’s ‘Like My Dreams’ initiative for helping take care of his younger sister Matilda who has a rare genetic disease, CINCA/NOMID.
“I was shocked. It felt like I was dreaming. I thought my present was going to be chocolate or FIFA 14, not this,” said Oliver.
Dad Colin was also full of praise for the ‘brilliant’ initiative which made his son’s Christmas, adding: “I’ve looked at some of the videos where they’ve been to hospitals and it’s brilliant.
“When people turn up and they’re genuine like this, spending time with people and brightening their day, it’s fantastic.”
Tomkins was delighted to take part and looked forward to being involved in the scheme in the future.
He said: “He was shocked to say the least. It was nice that they’d blindfolded him, took it off and then me and Nobes were standing there.
“The players really like this sort of thing because we’re giving something back and giving our support for someone who had done brilliantly for his sister.”