Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Supporter, nine-year-old Archie Hill from Gerrards Cross, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy had a very special surprise on Wednesday – he was welcomed home from school by his hero, Arsenal star Jack Wilshere.
Archie told Good Morning Britain viewers earlier today how the midfielder treated him and big brother Leyton to a kick-about in their back garden. Jack spent hours with the pair, playing their favourite football computer game and chatting about the boys’ own football teams.
Jack asked to meet Archie after the youngster spoke about his idol and his support for Arsenal Football Club during an interview on Good Morning Britain last month.
Gary and Louisa Hill, ambassadors for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, have been working to end delays in accessing breakthrough drug, Translarna, and had spoken about how it could help Archie.
The Hills were among supporters who joined us for a meeting in Parliament. Jack was impressed with how Archie had written his own letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, prompting the PM to promise his help.
We were delighted to be able to give Archie such a magical surprise.
Our Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund is accelerating progress in the search for treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. You can donate to the Fund or find out more here.