Talented Blair wins Pompey prize

Blair Martin with  Steve Kew
Blair Martin with Steve Kew
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THE Christmas wish of a young boy with a serious disability has come true as he will get to see his favourite team Pompey play.

Superfan Blair Martin won the top prize in a Christmas card competition and will see his favourite team play Tranmere on January 3 at Fratton Park.

The 10-year-old has cerebral palsy and goes to the Rainbow Centre in Palmerston Drive, Fareham, one day a week.

Along with other children at the centre, Blair entered a competition to design a Christmas card for L&S Waste Management, which is based at Laveys Lane, Fareham.

Blair, from Copnor, said he was happy to win and he was really looking forward to the game.

He said: ‘I’m excited about seeing all the players.’

When Blair was born, his mum Seymone McGregor was told that he would never be able to walk, but with the help of the workers at the Rainbow Centre he is able to walk on his own.

Along with seeing the match, Blair will meet the players and have a look round the ground.

As well as sending Blair to the match, L&S donated £3,000 to the centre, which supports children and adults with cerebral palsy and other motor skills problems as well as adults who have suffered a stroke, have Parkinson’s disease, or have suffered head injuries.

Nikki Radcliffe, from the Rainbow Centre, said: ‘The money means a huge amount to us.

‘Over the years, L&S has donated quite a lot of money to us. Whenever we ask for something, we always get a quick yes. They are great.

‘Each child that comes here, we subsidise their sessions. So although they pay a small fee to attend, it’s not even a quarter of what it actually costs so we have to raise that money.’

Steve Kew, commercial manager for L&S, went to the centre yesterday to meet Blair and see his award-winning card.

He said: ‘I’ve got young children as well and it’s great to see them smiling and happy.

‘It’s a privately-run charity, that doesn’t get any government funding and it wants businesses locally to help.

‘It’s just nice to be involved. And seeing children being happy, that’s what it’s all about.’

Blair, who goes to Langstone Junior School and has been going to the Rainbow Centre since 2005, will see his design put on to electronic cards and sent to all L&S customers.

The money the company saves on postage stamps will be donated back to the Rainbow Centre.

For more information on the Rainbow Centre go to rainbowcentre.org