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Kind-hearted London Raiders players surprise three ice hockey fans with the VIP treatment

PUBLISHED: 07:57 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:57 05 October 2018

From left to right: Reggie Turner, 4, Harry Morgan, 7, and Lennie Turner, 7, with Romford Raiders player Matt Turner. Photo: Terry Morgan

From left to right: Reggie Turner, 4, Harry Morgan, 7, and Lennie Turner, 7, with Romford Raiders player Matt Turner. Photo: Terry Morgan

Terry Morgan

The young fans were absolutely delighted with their presents, and Harry even slept with his.

From left to right: Harry Morgan, 7, Lennie Turner, 4, and Reggie Turner, 4 with their signed programmes and shortend hocky sticks courtesy of the Raiders players. Photo: Terry MorganFrom left to right: Harry Morgan, 7, Lennie Turner, 4, and Reggie Turner, 4 with their signed programmes and shortend hocky sticks courtesy of the Raiders players. Photo: Terry Morgan

A kind gesture from the London Raiders ice hockey players, has meant they have gained a two new life-long fans.

A few weeks ago Harry Morgan and Reggie Turner, both seven, and Lennie Turner, four, were taken to only their second Raiders match in Romford by their dads, Terry Morgan and Lee Turner.

Little did they know they had tickets a row behind where a group of injured Raiders players were sitting.

The two families sat behind Sean Barry, Mason Webster and Ollie Baldock – and after the game they all took the time to sign the youngster’s programmes and answer all their questions.

From left to right: Harry Morgan, 7, Lennie Turner, 4, and Reggie Turner, 4. Photo: Terry MorganFrom left to right: Harry Morgan, 7, Lennie Turner, 4, and Reggie Turner, 4. Photo: Terry Morgan

Caught up in the excitement of the game, and meeting the players, Terry and Lee decided to take the boys to stand outside the Raiders changing rooms to try and get some more autographs from the players – Lee was no stranger to this as he sometimes took Reggie and Lennie to the West Ham training ground to do the same.

Ollie invited them into the changing rooms and meet some of their new-found idols.

But that wasn’t it.

After the boys had left with smiles like Cheshire cats and were busy telling their dads what had happened, Ollie called the boys back in again and said he had a present for them.

Terry said that he and Lee could hear what sounded like sawing coming from the changing room, and neither of them had a clue what was going on.

And when Harry, Reggie and Lennie returned they each had a hockey stick that had been sawn down to size and given to them by the players.

Terry, from Collier Row, said that all three of the boys absolutely loved them – Harry even slept with his.

Terry said: “It was an incredibly generous thing for the players to do. They certainly will have some fans for life now.”

But the heart-warming tale doesn’t end there.

The boys and their dads returned to watch the Raiders take on Milton Keynes, and won a raffle for player Matt Turner’s shirt.

Terry said: “We couldn’t believe our luck, what a few weeks we’ve had.”

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