Dream day out for Earlston’s Evelyn

Evelyn Elliot and her son James meet with United vice-captain Darren Fletcher at Manchester United Foundation's Dream Day
Evelyn Elliot and her son James meet with United vice-captain Darren Fletcher at Manchester United Foundation's Dream Day

Earlston soccer fan Evelyn Elliot met her footballing heroes at Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex this week.

The latest of Manchester United Foundation’s biannual Dream Days was given a festive theme, as children and adults with serious and life-limiting illnesses were invited to the training ground in Carrington to meet the first team and enjoy some Christmas cheer.

For the fans who attend, the event can provide a vital boost at a time when they need it most. 55-year-old Evelyn, who has a brain tumour, was delighted to meet fellow Scot and United vice-captain Darren Fletcher (see photograph on page 74) during the visit: “I’ve really enjoyed it,” she said after her dream day out.

“I was most excited to see Darren, he’s from around about where we live, so to see him and talk to him was great. He’s a super guy, really down to earth.”

The event was held in association with Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Willow Foundation and Rays of Sunshine Charity.