Fans urged to applaud for ‘seriously ill’ one-year-old at Sheffield Wednesday’s match

Little Olivia is battling a rare condition. Wednesday fans have been asked to hold applause for her in the 23rd minute of today's game
Little Olivia is battling a rare condition. Wednesday fans have been asked to hold applause for her in the 23rd minute of today's game
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Fans at Sheffield Wednesday are being urged to hold a minute’s applause today for a little girl from Sheffield who is ‘fighting for her life’ and seriously ill in hospital.

One-year-old Olivia is currently in Leeds Children’s Hospital battling a rare immune condition which is attacking her organs.

She has had open heart surgery and is said to be ‘fighting for her life’.

An appeal has been made online for fans at Sheffield Wednesday’s match with Reading at 3pm today to applaud for little Olivia during the 23rd minute of the first half.

A post on Facebook group Sheffield Online by her mum Kayley Waldron said: “I’m Olivias mummy, thank you all so so much, as you know Olivia is very unwell and fighting for her life so I will be by her bedside, but just knowing thousands of people will be wishing her well is truly amazing and as a family we will take so much strength from that.”

Sheffielders and fans of both the city’s clubs have been asked to spread the word about the cause ahead of today’s match, with fans uniting to share messages of support for the little girl, who will turn two-years-old next month.

Olivia’s granddad Martin Brownhill posted: “As you can probably tell I’m Livvy’s grandad. I’m a lifelong Blade & can honestly say that Sheffield has the best fans in the world, regardless of which colour!

“We always come together when it’s needed & thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

“If I could trade places with my angel, I would gladly but the support of you all is really emotional for me.

“Thank you all. If I could, I’d hug you all personally! Thank you all so very much.”

*Check back to The Star website later today for footage of the minute’s applause.