Chelsea fan Bruno Machado enjoyed a day to remember today as he visited our Cobham training ground to celebrate 30 years of London’s Air Ambulance Charity.
The 11-year-old, who was struck by a car and sustained a brain injury in 2018 before being treated at the scene by London’s Air Ambulance and later taken to hospital, enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience to mark 30 years of London’s Air Ambulance Charity.
To celebrate the historic occasion, the iconic red helicopter visited the training grounds of the Blues as well as other London teams Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United to mark ‘30 Years Saving Lives’ across the capital.
Upon arrival Bruno was greeted by Blues midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek before receiving some gifts from the Chelsea Foundation, including a personalised shirt and tickets for our Premier League game with Leicester City.
Bruno, who was joined by parents Fernanda and Daniel, said: ‘It has been a wonderful experience being here and getting to meet Ruben where Chelsea train.
‘I am so happy with my Chelsea shirt and also tickets for a game where I will meet all the players, it will be amazing.
‘The Air Ambulance have been so important in my life and I can’t thank them enough for what they did for me.’
The visit was organised with the support of the Chelsea Foundation in recognition of the hospital-level care roadside service London’s Air Ambulance has provided to critically injured patients across the capital.
London’s Air Ambulance Charity CEO Jonathan Jenkins said: ‘On behalf of London’s Air Ambulance Charity I would like to thank Chelsea for supporting us as we mark our 30th anniversary.
‘Since 1989 we have been there for anyone who is critically injured, delivering life-saving care at the roadside for the on average five people we attend each day.
‘Chelsea’s backing for our ‘30 Years Saving Lives’ campaign will help boost awareness of our work and encourage more people to support the charity, so we can continue to serve the people of London, every second of every day.’
Bruno’s upcoming trip to Stamford Bridge for the Leicester game is part of the Foundation’s commitment to children’s charities with the Chelsea fan’s story passed on to us by Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity, who brighten up the lives of seriously ill children aged three to 18 by granting wishes and organising large scale events.