A YOUNG Weymouth Football Club fan bravely battling a serious illness was given a day to remember thanks to his beloved team.

George Patterson, aged eight, was invited to be the club’s mascot for the big derby battle with Poole Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

It was the second time the youngster, who contracted meningitis as a baby and whose condition has deteriorated in recent months, has been the club’s guest of honour in recent weeks after he also led his side out against Redditch.

Mum Naomi said George was invited back by the Lucky Bar Stars skittles team, who were sponsoring the game, and his brother Bobby also got to warm up with the team before the game.

In November George was diagnosed hydrocephalus, swelling on the brain.

His scoliosis, or curvature or the spine, is now at a severe stage, putting pressure on his heart, lungs and other organs.

Naomi said the Easter football treat came at a perfect time to give the youngster something to smile about following a difficult time, especially when he got to meet his favourite Weymouth player.

She said: “He had a really good day and Mark Molesley gave George his trophy he got for man of the match.

“It was quite emotional because George had been a bit under the weather but he met Mark the last time and he was so excited to see him I have never heard George laugh so loud.

“I just want to thank the football club for another day to enjoy and the Lucky Bar Stars skittles team.”

George’s family are being supported by children’s charity Julia’s House and are trying to create as many magical memories as they can with the youngster.

They are also keen to leave a legacy in George’s name by raising as much as they can for the Meningitis Now charity.

Friends and family are taking on the London Marathon for the cause under the banner of Team George.

To sponsor the team visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MartinPatterson3

Dorset Echo

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