17/03/2008 12:50, Report by Jo O'Brien

Dream day for supporters

The United players took time out from training recently to meet supporters with life-limiting illnesses.

The fans had made a wish to meet their idols and it was granted by charities Dream Come True and Rays of Sunshine in association with the Manchester United Foundation.

The sun kept shining while guests watched a first team training session. Afterwards they enjoyed a meet and greet with Sir Alex Ferguson and the players. Later, some fans took the opportunity to go to the museum and take a tour of Old Trafford.

Some of the fans travelled with their relatives or carers from as far away as Devon and Cornwall. All enjoyed the day, from the youngest aged 10 to the eldest at 26.

Corey, 10, who has Spinal Muscular Actophy Type II, said, "It’s been brilliant, just brilliant." His dad Matthew said, "Corey’s in awe, I’ve never seen him so quiet. He’s loved it."

Sarah, 25, who has Dentator Urbal-Pallidluysian Atrophy, loved showing off her signed United shirt. Her carer Nickie Allen added, "It’s been fab. The lads were really nice."

Natalie, 20, from Cheshire was ecstatic at meeting Danny Simpson and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular. "Absolutely amazing, fantastic, top notch!" she said, summing up her experience.

Since 2000, Manchester United has been proud to host more than 20 such events, known as Dream Days. All have been a great success, bringing a lot of joy to all concerned.

Watch this space for details of a new MU Foundation website... launching soon.


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