Blake’s Blades dream comes true

Blake Yateswith his father, Jonathan, and Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard
Blake Yateswith his father, Jonathan, and Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard
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A five-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy has met his Sheffield United heroes.

Blake Yates, who spent almost two months in hospital following his birth in 2009, was pitchside for Blades’ 3-2 win over Rochdale earlier this month, and even presented United goalkeeper Mark Howard with an award on his 100th appearance for the Club.

Blake also met his favourite player Billy Sharp after the game.

The young boy’s family, many of whom were present at the game on Saturday, have been fundraising for a unique cause – Blake would love a specially-tailored bike to enable him to cycle unaided.

A recent fundraising event at Brampton Raceway in Rotherham has helped the family gather almost £2,000 – which should be enough to buy Blake his bike for Christmas.

Blake frequently visits Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and after watching matches on TV and from the stands, and itching to step onto the Bramall Lane pitch, finally had his wish granted.

Dave McCarthy, operations director at Sheffield United, said: “We were delighted to provide Blake with the chance to meet his heroes on Saturday and to treat his family as VIPs. Blake and the people close to him have been through an awful lot and it was our pleasure, as a community-based club, to give Blake and his family a day to remember.”