A six-year-old boy with Cystic Fibrosis won the hearts of the crowd at a Spalding United match – and helped raise £520 for charity that researches the disease.
Stanley is the nephew of Spalding’s captain Nathan Stainfield and, as mascot for the day, inspired the home team to a 5-3 victory against Carlton Town.
Stanley is such an inspirational boy. He takes everything in his stride.Mum Sadie
Mum Sadie said: “It was a very cold and windy day and there was only a crowd of about 150 people, but Stanley was amazing.
“He wore the kit over his jumper and trousers and had a kick around with the players – he’s such a fan of Nathan’s and he loved it.”
Proceeds of the charity match were in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Sadie and her family are keen fundraisers.
Former Spalding High School student Sadie said: “Considering the weather meant the crowd wasn’t very big, people were so generous. We had donation buckets and ran a raffle and Stanley’s godmother’s daughter, Nicola Marshall, made a Spalding United T-shirt cake and each of the players bought a slice in the clubhouse afterwards.”
Stanley was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was just three weeks old. Every day he has a rigorous medical routine, including taking more than 20 tablets and nebulised drugs and intensive chest physiotherapy.
Sadie said: “I was devastated when I found out. You touch on cystic fibrosis very briefly in Year 9 biology when studying genetics, so I had no idea really what it meant.
“I went back to the school a couple of years ago to address the students and said I never dreamed I would be going back to talk to them about my son. I can remember some of the teachers being in tears.
“But Stanley is such an inspirational boy. He takes everything in his stride, I’m so very proud of him.”
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust promotes world-class research and clinical excellence, focused on the development of innovative and life-changing treatments and care shaped by people with cystic fibrosis. It is hoped Spalding Utd will hold another charity event for Stanley in the Spring, when the weather is better.
Meanwhile, donations can be made online by visiting ww.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/get-involved/ ways-to-donate