Wayne Rooney made a surprise visit to a kind-hearted nine-year-old who has made huge efforts to raise money for charity.
Evertonian Thomas, who lives in Perth, Australia, has been fundraising by taking part in walks and runs after his friend’s brother was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away.
As part of Everton’s Blue Crimbo campaign – and to thank Thomas for his superb efforts – Rooney gave him a surprise to remember when the youngster returned to England to see his relatives for Christmas.
Making a visit to the Everton One megastore close to Goodison Park, Thomas made his way to the store's till and was stunned to be greeted by a special shop assistant – his favourite Blues player Rooney!
The Toffees’ top scorer presented Thomas with a shirt with Rooney’s name on, before telling him he would be a mascot for the Blues’ Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday.
Rooney said: “It’s great to do this, especially around Christmas time. I know from my own experience as a child what a great feeling being a mascot and walking the team out is and is a moment you don’t forget. I’m sure Thomas will have that feeling and will be a great experience for him.”
Thomas’ grandad, David, said: “His friend’s brother was suffering from a form of leukemia and unfortunately passed away so Thomas now does anything he can do for charity – runs, walks. We’re very proud of him."
This Blue Crimbo Everton Football Club has been celebrating and rewarding different members of the Everton Family – old and new. Look back at some of this year’s stories by visiting www.evertonfc.com/bluecrimbo