It was a moment Oakley Smith’s parents could only dream of a few years ago.
Their twin boys walking on to the pitch at Fratton Park, hand-in-hand, as the fans cheer.
But the dream came true for Angie Mahon and Terry Smith when Oakley and brother Mykey were given the opportunity to be club mascots for Pompey at a recent game against Bristol Rovers, which the Blues won 3-2.
Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and well-wishers, Oakley, who has cerebral palsy, underwent a £40,000 operation in America to allow him to walk. Before the operation, the four-year-old could not sit up on his own. Now he gets around using quad sticks and can even walk unaided. And he no longer wakes in the night because of painful spasms.
Angie, of Scratchface Lane, Bedhampton, said: ‘The boys had an amazing day and were treated extremely well.
‘Oakley was taken care of so well and managed to use his sticks on the pitch. This was a dream come true for his dad Terry who is a massive Pompey fan.
‘The boys had many family and friends there to support them and see what was a massive achievement for Oakley.
‘He held one of his sticks in one hand and Mykey’s hand with the other. It was a very special moment because this has never happened before.’
The operation has been paid for, but the family have to pay for physiotherapy. Visit justgiving.com/Angela-Mahon.