Football-mad schoolboy Max Davies has scored the ultimate dream bedroom – thanks to a charity for children with life-threatening conditions.
The seven-year-old Blade, who had five intensive courses of chemotherapy to treat Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in his bowel, is the envy of his friends as he now sleeps in a Sheffield United haven.
He can play the beautiful game with his very own football net, stadium seats, lights and a special case for his ball.
A section of wall has had the words to United anthem ‘Greasy Chip Butty Song’ painted on it and the club’s player Harry Maguire has even been to have a look. Brave Max, who won a Star Superkids award for his courage and yesterday had a scan which showed he still had the all clear, said: “The best thing about my room is all of it!”
Max’s parents Sarah and Craig, of Beighton, said their life ‘fell apart’ when he was diagnosed last February after complaining of pains.
Tests showed he had colonic intussusception, where the bowel folds on to itself and doctors found a tumour during an operation to repair it.
As well as aggressive chemotherapy, he had lumbar punctures and suffered badly with ulcers because of the treatment. He now has scans every three months and will be monitored for the next five years to make sure the cancer doesn’t return.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation UK charity organised the room makeover, which was carried out by design duo Double Helix, after Sarah got in touch.
Sarah, who with Craig has praised staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for their care, said: “Max absolutely loves his room. He just needed a little treat and he deserves everything he gets now after all that he has been through.
“We have just been to the hospital today for a scan and he’s got the all clear so that is really good news. Everything has totally changed from a year ago. The whole wish has been fantastic and has given Max his own space to enjoy with friends. The room will grow with Max and bring benefits for years to come.
“This time last year was the worst time imaginable, but it is so nice to have something so positive a year on, which has made Max extremely happy.”