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Brave young Spireite to lead team out

27 March 2019

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Brave young Spireite Will Downes will lead the team out before kick-off in Saturday's game against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Ten-year-old Will suffers from a rare genetic brain disease called Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which affects around one in 20,000 boys and men. It leads to a progressive loss of physical and mental skills and is not treatable.

From being an active young boy just over a year ago, Will is now blind, unable to walk and struggles to talk.

Will, his seven-year-old sister Ella and parents Emma and Chris will be VIP hospitality guests of the club. 

Will met the Spireites players when they presented him with a replica shirt during their visit to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice at Christmas and the Park House Primary School pupil will now have the honour of leading them out.

Chief executive Graham Bean said: "When we learned about young Will's plight, we wanted to do something to give him and his family a day to remember. It is heartbreaking to hear about what they are going through and we will certainly do what we can to help them."

Will's mother, Emma, was delighted to receive the invitation. She's said: "It's great. Will loves his football so he's very excited about going on the pitch and meeting the players again."

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