We've given the gift of a lifetime to a young supporter who is spending Christmas in Queen's Medical Centre.
Larsen Roberts was visited by Neal Ardley and several players, including captain Michael Doyle, when we conducted our annual Christmas visit to the children’s wards on Thursday 5 December.
And Larsen, who is receiving chemotherapy for a brain tumour, made such an impression on the lads that we've invited him to be our matchday mascot when Dover Athletic visit Meadow Lane on 18 January.
“Larsen bowled us over with his spirit, courage and enthusiasm,” said our Supporter Liaison Officer, Alice Kelk.
“The players loved meeting him and hearing how our fixture against Cambridge United was the first football match he ever attended.
“Unfortunately, due to his illness, he’s been unable to come back since.
“But we’re delighted he’ll be making his return to Meadow Lane in January, when he’ll meet up with the players once again in the changing rooms before leading them out on to the pitch.
“We visit QMC every Christmas and Easter and we’re always inspired by the children and families we meet.
“On behalf of the club I’d like to say a huge thank you to the nurses on the children’s wards for their support, and also to our fans who donate so many lovely gifts for us to pass on to those unfortunate enough to be spending Christmas in hospital.”
Larsen’s dad, Lyndon, was hugely appreciative of the gesture.
“Being visited by Neal and the players really brightened up our, and Larsen’s, day - and for the club to offer him this opportunity is just the icing on the cake,” he said.
“It’s obviously been a very tough time for us and our son so this gesture means the world to us.
“We’re all hugely looking forward to what will be a very memorable day.”
Click on the video above to watch the moment Larsen met the squad.