Crystal Palace trio visit children with brain injury

The footballers spent time with Mikey who is having rehabilitation following a brain tumour. 

The Crystal Palace FC first teamers - Bakary Sako, Chung Yong-Lee and Julian Speroni – put Premier League action to one side on Wednesday (20 January) as they visited young fans in a visit to The Children’s Trust in Surrey. They were also joined by assistant manager, John Salako. They signed autographs and met lots of children who are receiving rehabilitation at the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury.  They spent time with 11-year-old Mikey, a football lover, who is recovering from a brain injury. With sheer determination, he was able to show the players how he was gaining enough strength to stand and walk again. His mum, Donna said: "Mikey loves football and he was really excited about meeting the Palace players. He was determined to show them what he has been practising – he stood up, walked and even kicked a football. He was so proud. Their visit has been the perfect thing to keep him motivated." She added: "Mikey has had a really tough few years. He’s had brain surgery three times and lots of chemo. We have been at The Children’s Trust for six months now and Mikey has worked really hard at his rehabilitation." Julian Speroni commented on the impact that these visits can have on young patients: “Hopefully we have put a smile on the faces of some of these children. "These youngsters are inspiring people, with great bravery and fight in them and it’s especially important that they have a charity like The Children’s Trust to aid their recovery.” The trip was organised by the Crystal Palace FC Foundation. This story originally appeared on The Children's Trust website
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