Scarlett Hewitt, at the age of just eight years old was one of the mascots that led the Crystal Palace team out into Barclays Premier League action last weekend against against Manchester City. Some great images of the day showed her meeting the players, management and fellow supporters before she walked out onto the pitch with Yannick Bolasie.
Scarlett was born with cerebral palsy and her family are trying to raise £65,000 which will go towards a life changing operation in the USA to enable her to walk unaided.
The operation is not available on the NHS so she has to be treated at the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri and the matchday saw fundraising take place at the stadium as part of the overall efforts to raise their target.
Palace supporters have certainly contributed in their own personal way on the Just Giving page and the club would ask any supporters, that can in any way possible, to make their own donation to help Scarlett.
The Five Year Plan fanzine raised more than £700 for a signed Julian Speroni poster and they are also donating half their proceeds from their next fanzine issue which is being sold at the final home game of the season against Liverpool.
As an added gesture, the Crystal Palace first team squad are making their own donation and are due to present the family with a cheque at the club's training ground before the end of the season.
John Hewitt, Scarlett’s dad, said: “The whole day was fantastic, everyone at Palace looked after Scarlett brilliantly. She loved every minute of it, and it was a very emotional day for all the family seeing her walk out with Bolasie.
"It was a Palace dream come true for her".
Crystal Palace co-chairman Stephen Browett said: “I was delighted to meet Scarlett and her family at Sunday’s match. Seeing Scarlett on the pitch with Yannick brought a tear to the eye and let’s hope, thanks to all the donations from the Palace family, that one day she’ll be back on the Selhurst pitch walking unaided.”
So far nearly £20,000 has been raised for Scarlett and you can play your part in making this operation a reality by donating at her Just Giving Page.