Brave Jack takes on City's best
A SERIOUSLY ill Bristol boy was able to meet his football hero on a visit to Bristol City's training ground.
Jack Brookes, aged nine, and a keen City fan, suffers from a rare form of bone cancer.
He was one of the children who enjoyed a visit by players at the Charlton Farm Children's Hospice last year. Not only that, he enjoyed a session on the training pitch with his idol Louis Carey last week.
The avid fan took on the City stalwart, who is closing in on the all-time appearance record set by John Atyeo during the 1950s and 1960s, in a one-on-one session.
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Jack, who has Ewing's Sarcoma, was promised a trip to the Failand ground after his visit from members of the City squad.
Carey said: "When we visited the Children's Hospice in December it was clear for everyone to see how much Jack is into his football and especially Bristol City.
"It was great to be able to welcome Jack and his family to the training ground and watch him in action. He's even taught me a thing or two."
The players then arranged for Jack and his family to come and watch the team in action from the Premier Seating at Ashton Gate the following day against Leicester City.
Mother Lucy Brookes, 27, from Emerson's Green, said: "Jack was very kindly invited to the training ground to meet the players and have a kickaround.
"The players were amazing with Jack, especially Louis Carey, Scott Murray and the staff."
Jack was first diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2009. His condition means he suffers from a bad back and gets regular aches and pains. He has been on chemotherapy and is set to start on radiotherapy treatment.
Jack was also one of a few lucky passengers to travel on Avon Valley Railway's Santa Special trip over Christmas after applying through The Post.