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Jack gets special visit from Pompey players and manager

Pompey manager Richie Barker (right) and first team players (from second right) Trevor Carson, Romain Padovani, Johnny Ertl and Danny Alfei visited Denmead boy Jack Robinson (four) in Southampton General Hospital, where he is recovering from a life-threatening brain tumour. Also in the picture are Jack's parents Marie (left) and Terence (second left). Picture: Colin Farmery

Pompey manager Richie Barker (right) and first team players (from second right) Trevor Carson, Romain Padovani, Johnny Ertl and Danny Alfei visited Denmead boy Jack Robinson (four) in Southampton General Hospital, where he is recovering from a life-threatening brain tumour. Also in the picture are Jack's parents Marie (left) and Terence (second left). Picture: Colin Farmery

 

A seriously ill boy got a surprise visit in hospital from Pompey players.

Jack Robinson, from Denmead, was visited in Southampton General Hospital by manager Richie Barker and four other players.

The four-year-old was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour and his family are trying to make all his wishes come true as his chances of survival are slim.

First-team players Trevor Carson, Johnny Ertl, Romain Padovani and Danny Alfei went to see Jack and gave him a signed Pompey shirt and match ball.

Richie Barker said: ‘We were delighted to come along and see Jack. It was the least that we could do.

‘He’s is clearly a fighter and if we can make a little bit of difference to his life then we should do it.

‘When Jack’s feeling better we will be getting him down to the training ground to see what goes on there, before having lunch with the players.’

As well as the ball and shirt, worn by Alfei in the 1-0 win at Wycombe, Jack also received some photographs and signed programmes, as did his twin brother Liam.

Romain Padovani added: ‘As players it is important we do things like this. It helps you appreciate how lucky you are.’

Another of Jack’s wishes is to meet Take That singer and X-Factor judge Gary Barlow, a dream which the star’s management team is working to fulfil.

 

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