Brave Oliver Turner is Ipswich Town's Boxing Day mascot
Brave 5 year old Oliver Turner has been chosen by Ipswich Town to be their mascot at their match against Fulham on Boxing Day at Portman Road, after their visit to West Suffolk Hospital to deliver presents to the children. Oliver was diagnosed with Wilms tumour in March of this year and has since had surgery to remove both the tumour and his kidney and continues on with a gruelling plan of chemotherapy.
Oliver’s dad Russell said “I have supported Ipswich Town all my life and went to my first match when I was 5 years old. I cannot believe that I will be able to take Oliver to his first game at the same age. He’s actually going to be walking the team on, I will be so proud of him. I have wanted to take him to his first match for so long but have not been able to due to the last 9 months of his treatment. Cancer removes these times and I will never take anything for granted again. We remain in the day and take each day as it comes, but this is something to look forward to and I cannot thank the club and the players enough, it really is going to be a memory to treasure for life”
The players Cole Skuse, Tom Lawrence and goalkeeper Bart Bialkowski took time out of their busy schedule to visit the poorly children on the Rainbow Ward.
Sue Smith fundraising manager said “We are overwhelmed each year when the players take time to visit the hospital. It really does bring smiles, not only to the little ones, but some of the big ones too. This year when they met Oliver they wanted to give him a special day. He is one amazing little boy and we all hope him and his dad have an wonderful time”