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Signed shirt presented to youngster

22 December 2019

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Laurence Maguire made a surprise visit to Dunston Primary Academy to present Lewis Galliford with a signed shirt after the Y5 pupil won a Tommy Lee Challenge.

The Community Trust organised the visit, which also featured an appearance from club mascot Chester. 

After surprising Lewis with the presentation and taking part in a short Q&A session, Maguire said: “We do a lot for the community as players and it’s nice to be asked a few questions about what we do. It’s nice for them to get to know about us.”

Miss Tate, who is the deputy headteacher at the primary school, commented that it was a great opportunity for the youngsters to interact with a professional footballer.

She said: “I’ve never seen the class so quiet. It’s really nice to have Chesterfield Football Club come in and present a shirt to Lewis.

“Lewis was completely amazed and a few of them were a bit awestruck. None of them had met a professional footballer before, hence the lack of questions to start with.

“It’s a really good experience for them. We try to show the children different career opportunities and it’s nice for someone to come in and talk to them.”

Lewis's father Stuart added that it was a nice surprise for the ten-year-old, who was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2014 and finished receiving treatment in September 2016.

He said: "Lewis loves football and he is involved with Chesterfield Junior Blues Dragons U10s. I'd like to thank Keith and the Community Trust for what they have done for him, which is very much appreciated."

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