Ayden, aged 10 was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in July 2016 when he was just 8 years old.  On Saturday 12th January we were able to treat Ayden and his family to a VIP day out watching Coventry City F.C take on AFC Wimbledon as part of a new box donation from Coventry City F.C. Our deserving guests had the best views in the stadium from the luxury of a VIP box with delicious food and refreshments at Coventry City’s fabulous stadium.

We received this lovely email from Ayden;

“I’m writing this letter of thanks for the lovely gesture and kindness from the Barrie Wells Trust for the best day out ever at the Coventry City Football Club Box. I had a great time watching the match with my dad, we had some lovely food and we met another family who were very nice too!”

Ayden’s Story:

Ayden was feeling unwell for a while before his mum, Clare noticed small red spots and bruising on his lower legs and his body had started to become weak. Ayden’s blood was taken and that same night he was rushed to hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Initially Ayden reacted well to the heavy doses of chemotherapy he was facing, however after injections day and night it soon became apparent that this was having a severe impact on his health. Ayden became very unwell and after much deliberation Ayden underwent an operation to have a central venous catheter inserted into a vein in his chest.

After the operation Ayden was transferred to the children’s ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary for further chemotherapy. Ayden’s dad, Eshan explains;

“It was here that it caught up with the little man and he shed his hair. To date Ayden has undergone 35 lumbar punctures and is occasionally omitted to hospital for check-ups. After two years of relentless treatment Ayden’s hair started to slowly grow back and his cheeky self started to appear.

Ayden was nominated to attend a Box4Kids event and registered his interest for football, including his local team Coventry City. January 12th was a very special day for both Ayden and Eshan who said;

We had a fantastic day out at Coventry City with our VIP experience. We were well cared for all day, nothing was too much trouble and the food and service were both top notch. We felt like royalty, Ayden loved it and asked if we go again… that says it all!”

It is due to exceptionally kind donations, such as Coventry City F.C, which enable the Barrie Wells Trust to invite brave children like Ayden to VIP Box4Kids events across the country.

If you know anyone who has an empty box or if you are a box holder and would like to be a part of the Box4Kids initiative then please get in touch here.