Robert Barrie - Dream Maker

Robert Barrie - Dream Maker widnesvikings.co.uk
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19th February 2018

Robert Barrie was given the experience of a life-time when he was part of our Rinnai UK Dream Maker initiative against Warrington Wolves last weekend. 

Robert was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last year, which usually carries a life expectancy of between 1-5 years after diagnosis, and it has been a very hard and tough time for him and his family following the news. 

Therefore, with his favourite Club, for which he has a tattoo to pledge his love of the Vikings on his leg, playing at home to their local rivals on Friday, Robert was invited to come have a night to remember with the Vikings.

Robert, 25, and his family were greeted by the Vikings Community staff on arrival, before being surprised with the arrival of Robert’s favourite player, Patrick Ah Van. The loveable winger provided the family with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the inner sanctums of the Vikings first team, including the dressing room and Delivered Health Solutions Performance Centre. 

Him and his family were put up in the C&C Bridge Suite and enjoyed pre-game festivities led by Dave Rolt, before being taken downstairs at full-time to meet each of the Vikings’ first team squad and secure memories to last a life time. 

Thomas Barrie, brother of Robert, says: “I just want to say a big thank you to everyone at the Vikings for Friday night.

“Patrick Ah Van was just fantastic with us. The look on my brother's face when Pat walked out was priceless. He was so kind and an all-round nice guy which was the favourite part of Robert’s day.

“The whole club has been amazing in their support. There's only so much we can do as a family to keep his spirits up and it has been really hard at home for us all, this last year. Being able to meet his favourite players, and have the experience on Friday has really given him a much needed boost. He is still buzzing about it now!"

Charlotte Jakeman, Education Officer at the Vikings, says: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Robert and his family on Friday night.

“It was brilliant to see a smile across his face, and his face when he saw Patrick Ah Van was an absolute picture. I am glad we as a Club were able to provide an evening of enjoyment and pleasure for all the family to enjoy after a tough and turbulent 2017 after his diagnosis.

“On behalf of everyone at Widnes Vikings, we would like to wish Robert all the best in his fight against his illness.”

Know somebody who can be the next recipient for our 'Dream Maker' initiative? Contact us on charlottej@widnesvikings.co.uk / 0151 495 2250.

Robert Barrie - Dream Maker widnesvikings.co.uk