Ollie enjoys an experience of a lifetime

27-year-old Liverpool fan Ollie, who lives with Huntington’s disease, got an experience of a lifetime when he was surprised with a ticket to his first ever game at Anfield.

Thanks to the help and support of the Willow Foundation, a charity that specialises in organising experiences for people under the age of 40, Ollie, who lives in a specialist care home for adults in Barnsley, enjoyed his first ever Anfield experience.

Ollie lives at Exemplar Health Care’s Barnsley home Neville Court and has supported Liverpool FC since he can remember – but due to his illness has never got to go to a match before. 

Ollie has Huntington’s disease which means he has a degenerative disease which affects his abilities, he has involuntary movements that cause issues with control over his body and co-ordination, he has difficulty with his speech and swallowing due to poor muscle control. Huntington’s disease affects the person’s ability to manage tasks, their impulsivity and control which can result in significant behavioural concerns.

Getting to do fun experiences and activities is a great way for him to engage in the community and gives him memories to last a lifetime.

Making the experience even better, Ollie attended the season opener and witnessed Liverpool’s 4-0 victory against West Ham – what a first game!

Ollie travelled to Liverpool with two staff members from Neville Court who also support Liverpool – one even gave up his day off to go. The group were given vouchers for food – but to make his Reds experience even better – they let Ollie have the vouchers to spend in the Club Shop where he bought Liverpool’s 2018/19 home shirt.

Helen Carr, Home Manager at Neville Court, said: “As Ollie’s disease is deteriorating we wanted to arrange something extra special for him.

“We knew how much he loves Liverpool and how much he has always wanted to go to a game and we wanted to make this happen now whilst he can still enjoy doing things.

“We can’t thank the staff at Liverpool and the Willow Foundation enough for making this happen for Ollie.”

Ollie said: “It was amazing and to make it better I got the new season’s home shirt which I’ll be wearing all of the time now. I had no idea I was going which made it even better.

“And we won – up the reds!”