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Clubs at Christmas: Heidi's special trip to Bramall Lane

24 Dec 2020
Sheff Utd, Heidi WAOT

How Sheffield United and two first-team players gave one 11-year-old fan a Christmas to remember

Despite the restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Sheffield United have still been able to spread Christmas cheer across the community - including a very special surprise for one 11-year-old.

Heidi Proost, who plays for the club's girls team, has had a difficult year as her mum Helen has been receiving treatment for breast cancer which was diagnosed in August.

And to give her a boost ahead of the festive period, the club got together with Weston Park Cancer Centre for a treat to remember at Bramall Lane.

Heidi and Helen were invited to the stadium where they were met with a light show.

The club mascot then watched as a video of special messages from family, friends, one of Heidi's teachers and members of the Blades men's and women's first teams played on the big screen.

Heidi then stepped out on to the pitch, where she had the chance to take penalties, with first-team stars Billy Sharp and Aaron Ramsdale on hand, disguised as Blades ground staff for the night.

"It's been a tough year and it has been incredibly difficult to see the impact that has had on Heidi," Helen told the club's official website. "But she's been an amazing support to me. She's been my rock.

"She's had to spend time away from our home when I've had to isolate and she's had to cook for me when I've had no energy because of my treatment. I really wouldn't have been able to come this far without her and I am so, so proud of her.

"Heidi is football-mad and we're so grateful to the club and Weston Park Cancer Charity for arranging such a special experience for us all. It is a night that will stay with Heidi for a long, long time."

See: Blades continue Christmas traditions despite pandemic

Also in this series

Part 1: Man City deliver festive joy
Part 2: Ings the quizmaster surprises SaintsAbility youngsters
Part 3: Palace Kitchen feeds local families
Part 4: Clubs' virtual visits bring festive cheer
Part 5: West Ham supporting local community
Part 7: Newcastle provide families with support

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