Liverpool 5 – Huddersfield 0
A terminally ill football fan watched Liverpool win at Anfield thanks to St Michael's Hospice care and an exceptional act of kindness.
Andrew Watkins made the 124-mile trip last Friday with his 11-year-old daughter Evie, to witness his side thrash Huddersfield 5-0 to maintain their push for a first League title since 1990.
St Michael’s Hospice Doctor Clare Scotcher said, ‘Part of the philosophy of care at St Michael’s is to improve people’s quality of life and it’s wonderful that this approach gave Andrew the confidence to arrange a such a big trip.’
Given Andrew’s poor health, St Michael’s nurse Stella Nixon even volunteered to accompany the family on her day off to ensure Andrew’s medical needs were seen to.
Andrew, a keen cricketer, who was captain of leading Herefordshire side Brockhampton said, ‘It was a wonderful night. I was over the moon. I can’t thank St Michael’s enough for helping to make it happen and I think Evie will remember Stella’s act of kindness and compassion for the rest of her life.’
Andrew’s partner, Kim, said ‘When Andrew first came to St Michael’s I never thought he would be able to do something like this. It has meant so much to Andrew to have seen Liverpool play, with Evie by his side.
The match tickets were secured by Andrew’s brother, James, who works for the Football Association and went to the game with his brother, niece and Stella.