Children’s charity Follow Your Dreams has made seventeen year old Luke Walsh’s dream come true by giving him the chance to meet his favourite sports star, world ranked number one darts player, Michael Van Gerwen.
Luke was born two months premature and suffered a bleed on his brain which led to hydrocephalus. At aged one, Luke was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Quadriplegia; all four of his limbs are affected. This doesn’t stop him from always looking on the bright side and Luke is proud to now be a Young Ambassador for Follow Your Dreams. In this role he helps other children with learning disabilities to fulfil their ambitions.
“Last April we arranged for Luke to go to the Premier League Darts Judgement Night at the Motorpoint Arena.” said Diane Blackmore, Chief Executive of Follow Your Dreams. “Luke was overwhelmed that our charity managed to get him tickets, even though the event had completely sold out.”
When the charity saw that Luke’s hero was playing this year in South Wales, they made it their mission to finally complete Luke’s dream.
Thanks to The Scarlets and the event organisers, Follow Your Dreams not only managed to get Luke and his family tickets to attend the match at Parc Y Scarlets but also arranged a meet and greet where Luke finally got to meet the Dutch dart’s champion.
Luke was invited into the Player’s Lounge where he met his the world renowned player who presented him with a signed shirt, signed darts and flights. Luke also got to meet other professional darts player including Adrian Lewis and had photographs taken.
After meeting Luke, Michael Van Gerwen tweeted about the meeting referring to Luke as ‘such a nice bloke’. The tweet received an overwhelming supportive response on social media from across the UK and Europe.
“I’d like to thank Follow Your Dreams very much for organising this cool dream for me,” said Luke.”It was an awesome experience that I’ll never forget.”
Follow Your Dreams is a national charity operating in England and Wales that inspires children and young people with learning disabilities to follow their dreams.
Their vision is for children and young people with learning disabilities to recognise their potential, be ambitious and be provided with the opportunities to follow their dreams. The charity focuses on children’s abilities, growing and developing skills through the delivery of creative and interactive events, dreams and workshops.