HE’S starred in films and played for some of the biggest clubs in league football.
And now Vinnie Jones has helped make a dream come true for terminal cancer suffer Clare Baillie.
Jones met Clare, 37, of Baffins, while he was touring Britain giving talks about his life.
And the former football legend known for his hardman nature has also pledged to donate $US5,000 towards Clare’s dream of visiting Disney World in Florida with her family.
Clare said it was ‘amazing’ meeting one of her heroes.
She said: ‘I’ve always liked and admired him for his honesty and his upfront personality.
‘What you see is what you get.
‘At first I was a little bit starstruck but he made me feel at ease so quickly.
‘He’s such a great guy and genuinely interested in how we were and how things were going.
‘He even showed us pictures of his family on his phone.’
I’ve always liked and admired him for his honesty and his upfront personalityClare Baillie
Clare suffers from cancer which has spread around her body, and doctors have told her the disease is inoperable.
Knowing she might not have long to live, she made a ‘bucket list’ of things she wanted to achieve and among her goals was meeting Jones.
A friend of Clare’s contacted Jones’s agent and organised for the star to call her from his home in the US, and he suggested they meet up when he was back in Britain.
Clare said: ‘He said he was coming over on tour and told us to make sure we were there.
‘He said if you make it, give me a shout out and we’ll make sure you’re looked after.’
Clare and a group of friends went to Jones’s appearance at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, and they came face-to-face in the stadium’s ‘green room’ for a chat.
Clare said: ‘It was an absolutely amazing night because he was everything that I thought he would be.’
Then, last month, Jones’s agent sent a message to Clare’s family saying the star would be willing to donate $US5,000 (about £3,200) to help make another of her dreams come true - a visit to to Disney World with her husband and four children.
The fundraising appeal for the trip, known as Clare’s Disney Dream, has already risen into the thousands of pounds - even without Jones’s contribution - since The News ran a front-page story about it yesterday.
To donate, visit the JustGiving page set up for Clare.
Details of auctions and other fundraisers can be found on a Facebook group called Clare’s Disney Dream.
Readers can also follow the appeal on Twitter using the hashtag #ClaresDisneyDream.