‘It means everything for Georgia to be part of the Leicester City family’
Leicester City supporter David Wainwright shares his daughter’s story as part of the club’s support for Level Playing Field Weeks of Action.
– David shares his daughter’s story during Level Playing Field action weeks
– Georgia, 10, has Rett syndrome, which means she can’t talk or walk
– The Weeks of Action aim to highlight the importance of good accessibility for people with disabilities while celebrating the work of clubs across the country
The 10-year-old Georgia has Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects brain development and causes severe physical disability from early childhood, which means she is unable to speak or walk.
She has been coming to games at King Power Stadium with her family since the age of two, and David thanks Football Club for the work they have done to make her experience as enjoyable as possible.
He said, “Honestly, I don’t know where to start. The staff at Leicester City have been top notch to us as a family, especially Jim Donnelly (Supporter Relations & Accessibility Manager).
“They were very attentive to the needs of Georgia and were very welcoming to us. Jim is awesome and is just a lovely guy. He is always there for us, even if we have a small complaint, and will do his best to help us.
“I couldn’t ask for more from the Club. We are so proud to be associated with LCFC and I know it means the world to Georgia. “
Explaining the state of Georgia and the impact of Rett syndrome on her and her family, David responded.
“She was born in 2010 and came to her first game with me two years later. Obviously, she didn’t know what was going on then as she was still a baby, but there is nothing like starting them young!
“Her first game was a preseason friendly against Sunderland in 2012, and at the time my wife and I didn’t know there was something wrong with her.
“All of a sudden we noticed a change, and around the age of three she started to regress and lose some of the skills she had learned.
“We knew something was wrong, so we ended up undergoing all kinds of genetic testing and it was at the end of 2013 that we finally found out that she had Rett syndrome. It was a shock to us because we didn’t know what it was.
“Her condition means that she is completely dependent on myself, my wife or a key person in the school for all of her daily needs. She cannot speak, cannot walk, and cannot feed herself.
“It also means that she might be prone to scoliosis and breathing problems later in life, and on top of that, she developed epilepsy in 2018, which caused her to spend varying durations at hospital with different problems.
“Like I said, she depends on someone 24/7, but other than that she is completely cognitive, fully aware of what’s going on and is a very kind, loving child with a cheeky sense of humor.
David thinks Georgia are happiest when they watch the Foxes and names Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans as their favorite players.
“I can honestly say that every time we go to King Power Stadium Georgia always has a smile on their face. She loves the atmosphere and the hustle and bustle of the people around her.
“One of the best times for us as a family is when we’re under the grandstand, ready to go to our seats and she sees the pitch, the lights and the different colors for the first time.
“Her whole face lights up no matter what her mood is, and it’s just a really nice feeling for me and my wife as parents.
“She absolutely loves Leicester City, especially Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans, and it means everything to her to be a part of the LCFC family.”
David is grateful for the club’s support and helping to make King Power Stadium a safe environment for supporters with disabilities, but he feels there are challenges to overcome.
“One of the biggest issues we’ve faced, and I have to stress that it’s not at King Power Stadium, is when the fans decide to get up to watch the games and not sit down. in their place.
“Depending on the pitch we’re on in Georgia, it’s not always sitting up front near the pitch so sometimes we could be sitting in the middle of the stand.
“So what we would like to see is just a little consideration from others, because we think that would go a long way in making the experience of the day even more enjoyable for disabled supporters and their families.
“I fully understand that the fans stand up to celebrate goals, but like I say, all we ask is some consideration.
“We’ve had a few incidents in the past where people have stood in front of us for about an entire game.
“I find it strange how some people are quite happy to give up a chair to an elderly person on a bus or train for example, but then agree to block the view of a person in a wheelchair in a stadium. of football.
“It’s just one of those bugs that I own, but luckily we’ve never experienced anything like it at King Power Stadium.”
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