A FOOTIE mad youngster at Heartlands Hospital was cheering this week after spending a day with his football idols, just days before a major operation.
Brave Becks-lee Dixon, aged 12, from Solihull, was treated to breakfast with the Birmingham City players and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the clubs West Hills training ground.
Becks-lee was put through his paces by manager, Alex Mcleish, and his favourite player, Stephen Kelly, with warm up activities and practicing his kicking skills.
Heartlands Hospital's play specialist, Chris Morrell, organised the trip with the help of Rita Greenaway from Birmingham City, for Beckslee, a cystic fibrosis suffer on the children's ward.
Becks-lee Dixon, said: "I was a little scared about my operation and didn't want to have it. Meeting the team made me feel loads better. I was so excited to meet my favourite Stephen Kelly, he gave me my very own pair of brand new football boots and shirt with his name on the back. I couldn't believe it. It was my birthday the day after too and I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present. My friends are so jealous".
Now recovering from his operation Becks-lee is keen to put his skills to good use.
Chris Morrell, Heartlands Hospital play specialist, said: "Now again we try and do something special for our kids and Becks-lee is one of longer term patients, I thought he deserved a treat. Birmingham City players were great in looking after us and I cannot thank them enough".