Kind-hearted carers from our Eagle Wood centre in Peterborough have helped make the dreams of a lifelong Chelsea fan come true.
Lauren Cadby’s room at our care centre in Bretton is a shrine to the club with scarves adorning the walls, pictures of the players and a Chelsea FC duvet cover.
After spotting the 32 year old’s room on recent television coverage of PJ Care, Chelsea FC Foundation invited Lauren, who has Huntington’s disease, to meet the players at a training day. Staff at Eagle Wood swung into action to make her dream a reality.
Carers Megan Taylor and Sam Johnson gave up their days off to accompany Lauren and nurse, Farland Badza, drove them all to Surrey in the PJ Care minibus.
“We had to make this happen for Lauren as she is a total superfan,” said Eagle Wood manager, Paula Yorkston-Toy.
“Her room is just a sea of blue and white and we know not to disturb her when there’s a game on the television!
“When we told her she’d been invited to go and watch them train, she couldn’t believe it, I’ve never seen her so excited. We’re thrilled to be able to do this for her.”
Dressed in a Chelsea t-shirt, fleece jacket, hat, scarf and gloves, with a Chelsea blanket on her knees and flags adorning her wheelchair, Lauren watched the players go through their paces at the club’s Cobham training ground in Stoke D’Abernon. She got to meet N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Hakim Ziyech, Marcos Alonso, Thomas Tuchel and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
“It was amazing!” she said afterwards. “It was brilliant to meet them all and Kante was so nice, he spent a lot of time talking to me. I even got to see the Champions League trophy! They made it so special for me. I want to say thank you to the club, and to Megan, Sam and Farland for making this possible.”