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Disabled Pewsey boy's Man Utd dream comes true
Disabled youngster Harry Ward had all his dreams come true on Monday when he met his Manchester United idols.
Twelve-year-old Harry, from Aston Close, Pewsey, went to Manchester to meet stars including Wayne Rooney, thanks to the Starlight charity.
Harry, who was diagnosed with Global Development Delay when he was a baby, is still buzzing after meeting the entire team at their training HQ on Monday.
He was among 16 deserving youngsters who were able to watch the first team in training from the balcony at the Jimmy Murphy visitor centre before coming face-to-face with their idols, who made their way round the room, chatting and posing for photos.
Harry’s mum, Polly, who has two other children, Charlie, 15, and Freddie, six, said: “He loved it. He adores football and has been a Manchester United fan for as long as I can remember.
"He is a very chatty characters, but he was speechless when all the players came in. Just overwhelmed. It was magical.
“We went up on Sunday and were put up overnight at a hotel. Then on Monday we went to meet the team. He met all the players and they were happy to pose for pictures with him. They were fantastic.”
Harry was nominated for the trip by nurses at Great Western Hospital where he went for an operation on his legs which, it was hoped, would enable him to walk.
Sadly, the operation was not successful but the nurses were so impressed by his bravery and stoicism that they recommended him to Starlight.
Mrs Ward said: “He has been through a lot and has had to work so hard to achieve what he has. He thoroughly deserved this treat and it is something he will remember for the rest of his life.”
As well as the players, manager David Moyes and first-team coach Phil Neville were on hand.
Mr Neville said: “It’s probably one of the most important things that we can do as a coaching staff and as players.
“The charities department come to us about days like this. Kids have written in with their dream of meeting the Manchester United team, to come and watch training, so when they ask if we can make that dream come true, you don’t even need to think about it. It’s a yes.
“There are some fantastic characters in there today and to put a smile on the faces of these families is probably one of the highlights since I’ve come back to the club this season.”