If Sunderland were playing this coming Saturday, it’s a fair bet Olivia Hutchison would be there. Instead she intends to jump out of a plane. No, not in despair but inspired by the plucky fight little Bradley Lowery is mounting against the wretched Neuroblastoma disease that afflicts him. Read Olivia’s story and, if you can, donate …
It took me a couple of years to see my first win and, 11 years later, I have generally known nothing but misery.
Living in South Ruislip, we normally get to around 10 away games a season. Highlights have included winning at Chelsea a few years ago during the Great Escape, Palace this season (pinch me, pinch me) and the low points point by a considerable margin, the 8-0 drubbing at Southampton.
I will never forget when the 8th goal went in on 79 minutes and I turned to my dad and asked him if we could go. “Remember when we beat Chelsea and you said it was the best day of your life? Well today you have to take your medicine.” Enough said, I get it.
I love away games. The craic with the travelling diehards, a nod and a smile to the person in the next row, no idea who he is but we see him at every away game and the feeling of euphoria when we occasionally nick a precious win. There’s nothing better.
That’s what supporting Sunderland is all about. You can change your boyfriend but you can’t change your football team. It’s all dad’s fault of course. Thanks to him this will stay with me for the rest of my life now and I dream for when Saturday comes.
Dad and his better half Fran got me a parachute jump for my 18th birthday and a couple of weeks ago it suddenly occurred to me, let’s do it for Bradley.
His mum was kind enough to give me all the info I needed, I got my page set up and set a conservative target of £500 [Olivia has already comfortably exceeded this figure – Ed]. My love of Sunderland is put into perspective with Bradley in his fight with Neuroblastoma. He has captured the hearts of many – me included and I’m so proud to be doing my jump for him.
My dad occasionally writes one-word player ratings for Salut! Sunderland on match days but I have my own 11 words to sum up Bradley in his fight.
Bradley deserves every chance in life and I am proud to be jumping out of a plane for him to help make that happen.
If you would like to donate to my Just Giving page (even if it’s just a couple of pounds),this is the link.
As soon as this item has been posted, Salut! Sunderland will donate £52, the exact amoiunt needed – as I write – to take her total of pledges to £800.
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