Since last October, we've been taking young patients from our hospitals to Chelsea FC's training ground to meet their footballing heroes.

Our Charity has been working with the Chelsea Foundation to provide this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young patients at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals at their Community Days. The children have the chance to meet the Chelsea first-team, before photos and autographs. 

Last October, the first patient to join us and meet the team was Billy Hughes. Billy has cystic fibrosis; he was diagnosed at three weeks old and has been under the care of Royal Brompton ever since. Talking about what the day meant to Billy, Mum Nicky said, "It’s days like these that really perk him up when he isn’t at his best emotionally and so today has been a great day out for him."

And last week, we were fortunate to take two patients to Chelsea's training ground in Cobham - Riley and Louie, thanks to their Foundation. Both boys couldn't contain their excitement as they watched the team get put through their paces at training, before being greeted by each of the players. 

Louie, aged 8, was born with Holt-Oram syndrome, a rare condition which affects only 1 in 100,000. It's characterised by skeletal abnormalities of the hands and arms and heart defects. He has had three open-heart surgeries at Royal Brompton and has also been fitted with an epicardial pacemaker.

The Chelsea Community Day meant Louie was able to meet his favourite player, Eden Hazard - a memory to last a lifetime. Mum Tammy-Lee who also joined us said, "It was an amazing experience and we are both still star struck!" Tammy-Lee will be taking on an abseil challenge later this month in aid of our Charity and from all of us at Charity HQ, good luck!

A special thank you to Chelsea FC and the Chelsea Foundation for helping us making these patients' dreams come through.