Brave Hugo’s Red letter day

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THE brother of a boy who died after a long battle with cancer has been given a special reward for his bravery.

Hugo Stansfield, nine, lost his six-year-old brother Charlie to neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, in September.

However, after charity bosses at Miles of Smiles heard about the tragic situation, Hugo was given a once in a lifetime chance to lead his Manchester United heroes out at Old Trafford for their game against Sunderland on Saturday.

Hugo and his older brother Harvey, 12, from Blackpool Old Road, will both have their dreams made into a reality, but Harvey is yet to find out what his treat will be.

The day-out was organised by the Leyland-based charity after they heard about the plight of the Stansfield family.

Charity founder Karen Rainford told The Gazette: “It’s absolutely fantastic news.

“We’ve been contacting Manchester United and although it’s massive we have managed to do it.

“We didn’t think for one minute we would get Manchester United to agree but they like the boys and think it’s a worthy cause.

“It will bring them so much pleasure and it’s fantastic, especially something as big as this.”

Hugo’s mum Julie, who had to deal with the devastating news that Charlie’s illness had returned shortly after the cancer had gone into remission, added: “It’s just amazing because we have had to put off a lot of things, but now we have it all sorted it’s worth it. We are so glad it has been sorted, he deserves a treat. We would like to have Charlie back here with us, but it’s just nice they are able to do something like this and get out.”

Hugo said: “It will be fantastic and I can’t wait and it’s going to be fun.

“It will be a good atmosphere and I think it will be fun to walk out onto the pitch with the players and the team I support.”