Charity fulfils child's dream of meeting Welsh rugby star in Penarth

Charity fulfils child's dream of meeting Welsh rugby star in Penarth

DREAM COME TRUE: Amy Johnston with Welsh rugby star Mike Phillips at The Blue Pelican Cafe in Penarth

HERO: Amy Johnston described meeting Mike Phillips as the best day in her life

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WELSH rugby star Mike Phillips took time out of his busy schedule to make a young girls dream come true at a Penarth cafe last week.

Church Village charity Follow Your Dreams arranged for him to meet up with one of his biggest fans at the The Blue Pelican Cafe in Hamptons last Tuesday.

Amy Johnston, who is from Cardiff and has several learning disabilities, first met Mike Phillips when she was one-year-old at the University Hospital of Wales.

She has a very special teddy bear that she takes along with her to hospital visits who she has named Mike Phillips.

Mike Phillips, who is a Patron for Follow Your Dreams, said: "Having worked closely with Follow Your Dreams over the past year, I was humbled that Amy’s dream was to meet me. She is a lovely girl and I really enjoyed meeting her."

Follow Your Dreams arranged the surprise meeting for Amy at The Blue Pelican Café at Hamptons in Penarth.

Hamptons were very keen to support the charity and sponsored the afternoon tea for the meeting.

Amy sat next to Mike and spent the whole time chatting and asking him lots of questions.

Amy was presented with a personalised shirt and a signed ball, which was kindly donated by the Welsh Shop in Treforest.

Amy’s mum, Hilary Johnston, said: “In Amy’s words 'That was the best day of my life'.”

Amy decided that she wanted to help other children follow their dreams, and on Friday, July 11, she wore odd socks to school to fundraise and raise awareness. She is hoping to raise £200.

You can help her reach her target by texting AMYJ51 £1 to 70070, or donate online www.justgiving.com/Hilary-Johnston2/

For more information about Follow Your Dreams please visit: http://www.followyourdreams.org.uk/

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