The parents of a Fylde coast youngster who is battling a rare muscular condition have spoken of his moment in the TV spotlight – after he enjoyed a dream day at Wembley.
Lewis Marshall, an eight-year-old pupil of Lytham CE School, suffers from a condition which means he could be in a wheelchair within two years.
And the brave youngster was treated to the chance to meet his football heroes at last month’s Wembley international against Germany, courtesy of Sky Sports as he was filmed for the programme My Special Day.
It was shown for the first time this week and is set to be repeated over the Christmas and New Year period.
Lewis and members of his family were treated to three nights away as part of the package which included meeting the England players at training, attending a pre-match press conference and Lewis accompanying Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on to the pitch.
“It really was very special and we have some wonderful memories,” said Lewis’ mum Claire, who had initially contacted Sky to nominate her son for the programme.
“We travelled down a couple of days before the match and, as well as going to a training session at Arsenal’s training ground and attending a press conference. Lewis also had the opportunity to go into central London and see all the sights, such as the London Eye and Buckingham Palace.
“For the match, there was a child to accompany each player on to the field and Lewis was so thrilled when he realised he would be walking out with Wayne Rooney. He absolutely loved everything about the occasion.”
Lewis was diagnosed last year with Deuchenne Muscular Dystrophy. There is no cure.