Jack Wilshere pays surprise visit to boy fighting muscular dystrophy
Jack Wilshere received lots of adverse publicity for being pictured holding a shisha pipe last week, but has shown his caring side by visiting a young boy suffering from muscular dystrophy.
Nine-year-old Archie Hill suffers from the life-limiting muscle wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Jack heard about Archie writing to David Cameron asking for help in his fight against the debilitating illness.
He subsequently paid a visit to Archie’s home, before having a kick-about in his back garden with brother Leyton and playing PlayStation games with the pair.
Archie’s mum, Louisa, said: “We were absolutely staggered when the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign called us to say Jack had been in touch about meeting Archie. We have had to keep the secret for weeks!
“Meeting Jack was absolutely amazing. He spent hours with the boys, in the garden, on the computer and chatting away.
“It is every child’s dream come true to come home from school one day and see their hero standing in the hallway. Archie kept thinking it was a dream and the smile on his face is something that we will always treasure.”
Jack added: “It’s been fantastic meeting Archie and Leyton. My mum told me about Archie’s interview and I was really impressed by how grown up he was to go on television and to write to the Prime Minister like that. They are really great boys.”
Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, said: “Life as a nine-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy can be very challenging at times.
“It’s a lot for any young person to have to deal with. Archie is such a positive boy and braved talking about his muscle-wasting condition on national television.
“We are absolutely delighted that Jack got in touch and asked to meet Archie to tell him just how impressed he was. We cannot thank Jack enough for his support.”