Letchworth boy goes shoulder to shoulder with Saracens stars

A BOY who has a rare heart and lung condition has spent a day training with Premiership rugby players.

Matthew Thompson, of Sanderling Close in Letchworth GC, went shoulder to shoulder with the high-flying Saracens squad on Wednesday as he prepares for a 5km family fun run.

The nine-year-old was diagnosed with Scimitar syndrome at birth and has received care from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) ever since.

Matthew, who also got an exclusive tour of Saracens’ ground, Vicarage Road in Watford, was accompanied on the day by friend Jack Phillips, who he attends Pixmore Junior School with.

The specialist children’s hospital organised the visit for Matthew and Jack ahead of the pair taking part in the RBC Race for the Kids.

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Matthew’s family will also be putting on their running shoes for the GOSH fundraiser, held at London’s Battersea Park on June 24.

For more information about the run visit www.raceforthekids.co.uk

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