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SLIDESHOW: Brave Joe’s dream day at the football

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For little Joe Knowles, it was a day he will remember forever.

The brave three-year-old boy, who has cerebral palsy, got the chance to meet a host of Blackpool FC players after club bosses were moved by his story.

Joe cannot walk without help and parents Mike and Sue are trying to raise £38,000 to pay for an operation that could change his life forever.

And after reading about his story in The Gazette, staff at Bloomfield Road got in touch with the family, who live on Davenport Avenue, Bispham, to give Joe a surprise day out.

The “dream day” is part of the club’s work to support local children with disabilities.

Joe was taken to meet some of the players, who gave him a signed shirt and posed for pictures, before watching the team play Doncaster.

Club skipper Barry Ferguson and the players welcomed Joe into the dressing room for a chat and he even got the chance to walk down the tunnel to the pitch with big sister Olivia.

Dad Mike, 37, said: “Joe had his ‘tangerine dream day’ – all the staff at Blackpool FC were fantastic.

“We must say a huge thank you to the players and Barry Ferguson for inviting Joe into the dressing room and making time to have a chat with him, sign his shirt and pose for some pictures.

“They were all so brilliant with him, which is so refreshing to see.

“They played really well and were so close to holding on for the win. Joe had an amazing day out and we cannot thank the club enough.”

The family have launched the Joe’s Dream to Walk appeal to raise the £38,000 needed to pay for an operation at Leeds General Infirmary that could help him walk unaided for the first time.

In a little over a month, they have raised more than £3,000. For more information and to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/joesdreamtowalk.

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