Players bring smiles to faces of young fans

Ross Barkley and David Luiz were the star attractions earlier this week as a group of fans met their heroes at the latest Chelsea Foundation Community Day.

The regular Community Days see the Chelsea Foundation linking up with a range of charities to arrange visits for seriously or terminally ill supporters and their carers, giving them a well-deserved boost in what is obviously a difficult time for them and their families.

One of the guests at our most recent event was 16-year-old Timothy Strike [pictured above], who counts England midfielder Barkley as his favourite Blues star.

Barkley had previously sent the youngster a message of support via the Foundation and Timothy was delighted to finally meet his hero in person.

He said: ‘It was the best time ever meeting Ross. I have waited so long to see him and to watch him train and meeting him was brilliant.

‘I like him as a player so much and after he sent me a message on Facebook Messenger wishing me the best it was so good to see him and the other players.’

As ever, David Luiz was up to his usual antics after the training session with seven year-old Ediz Dervis [pictured above], who was referred to us from the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, revealing the two exchanged magic tricks when they met.

‘It was really awesome, David spoke to me for so long and gave me his scarf!’ said the youngster.

‘I showed him a trick with my hand and then he did the same with his hair. I said: "How did you do that?"

‘It was such an exciting day and I even got to stay off school!’

Also in attendance on a fun-filled afternoon were Oakley Orange and Aston Nunn.


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