Owen's fundraising Brainwave
Warrington Wolves welcomed a special guest to a recent training session.
Owen Dickinson, 9, has raised over £1000 for the charity Brainwave through various fundraising initiatives.
Wolves' centres Ryan Atkins and James Mendeika are both patrons of the children's charity and were keen to mark Owen's fantastic achievement.
As he is a Wolves' supporter there was no better way to congratulate Owen than to invite him down to visit the stadium and meet some of his heroes.
Owen said: "Mummy didn't tell me I was going to watch Warrington Wolves so I was very excited to find out I could watch the whole team train and get them to sign my shirt. We had look around the changing rooms - the away ones were much smaller than ours. After that Tony Smith came to speak to us - he said he'd told the whole team about me in his talk and was glad they inspired me but that I was also an inspiration to them.
"I got to go onto the actual pitch and throw the ball and had some pictures taken with Ryan, James and my brother.
"I had a great morning but my favourite part was going onto the pitch with Ryan."
Emma, Owen's mum, added: "Ryan has always supported Owen's fundraising and Owen thinks it's amazing that a Warrington Wolves player actually knows who he is - little things like ‘well done on the fundraising' or a birthday tweet mean a lot to a nine year old. Now James is a Brainwave patron I am sure he will be as much of an inspiration. They are both a credit to Brainwave and Warrington Wolves. We all had a fantastic morning watching the team train and even though it was cold and they probably wanted to get home each player took the time to say hello to us and sign the boys shirt and ball."
Ryan commented: "It's fantastic to see that our involvement with Brainwave has inspired others to do fundraising events for the charity. Owen's efforts are certainly inspiring - to think a young boy has gone out of his way to help the charity raise a large amount of money is quite remarkable. It was great to catch up with Owen and see his family at one of our training sessions - to invite him to watch a session was the very least we could do. From all the team I'd like to say a very well done to Owen. He should be very proud of all he has achieved for Brainwave."
Joanne Freeman, community manager Brainwave Centre Warrington, said: "James and Ryan have been a real inspiration to so many young children in Warrington who have taken part in the annual Brainwave Santa Dash. Both Wolves players have supported the event, now in its fourth, raising much-needed funds for the Brainwave Centre based in Warrington. Owen is a young, local boy and has raised significant funds for the charity. We cannot thank him and the Warrington Wolves enough for all their continued support."
Brainwave helps children with disabilities and developmental delay achieve their full potential. That potential may be anything from helping a child walk or ride a bike to recognising colours or writing their name. The children the charity works with have a range of conditions including Autism, brain injuries such as Cerebral Palsy and genetic conditions such as Down's Syndrome.
Through the support of many, including Owen, Ryan and James, the charity now impacts on the lives and families of over 550 children with disabilities and special needs from throughout the UK and Ireland.
For more information on Brainwave visits: http://www.brainwave.org.uk/
Owen (2nd from right) pictured above with his brother, Ryan Atkins and James Mendeika
06, Apr, 2013