Rovers players and staff today brought a big smile to the face of a deserving young fan.
Joseph Rimmer enjoyed a dream day out at Rovers’ senior training centre after being nominated for a special reward.
The 14-year-old, from Chorley, is the primary carer for his mum, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Joseph helps out with the household chores and still manages to get himself to school on time every day, walking two miles there and back to save money for the family.
The young carer’s support network contacted Leyland-based charity ‘Miles of Smiles’ to see if they could arrange to give Joseph a day to remember.
As a huge Rovers fan and season-ticket holder of six years, when asked what would give him the biggest smile, Joseph said he would like to visit Rovers’ Brockhall training base to meet his heroes.
Rovers were only too happy to help out and Joseph arrived in style – in a chauffeur driven limousine – before receiving a signed shirt from the entire first team squad and a personalised training top from kitman Pudsey Bevan.
Joseph then watched the players be put through their paces and even joined in with a shooting drill at the end of the session, during which he scored three goals!
After having lunch in the players’ canteen, Joseph listened in to manager Gary Bowyer’s weekly pre-match press conference, before heading home in the luxurious limo.
Before leaving, Joseph said: “I’ve had an absolutely fantastic day. I’m very grateful for everything the club has done for me and all the gifts I’ve been given. All the players were very friendly and made me feel welcome. Meeting Jordan Rhodes and getting my boots signed by David Dunn were particular highlights!”