Sheffield came together to show its support for a seriously ill little girl after an online campaign led to a tribute to her at a football match on Saturday.
Kayley Waldron has thanked Sheffield for its support for her one-year-old daughter Olivia.
A minute’s applause was held at the Sheffield Wednesday game at Hillsborough for Olivia who is ‘fighting for her life’ in hospital.
Olivia is in Leeds Children’s Hospital battling a rare immune condition which is attacking her organs.
She has undergone open heart surgery but could have to be transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
An appeal was made online and on The Star’s Facebook page for fans at Sheffield Wednesdays’ match with Reading to applaud for Olivia during the game’s 23rd minute.
Mum Kayley said online: “Thank you all so so much.
“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.” Olivia’s granddad Martin Brownhill posted: “As you can probably tell I’m Livvy’s grandad.
“I’m a lifelong Blade and can honestly say that Sheffield has the best fans in the world, regardless of which colour!
“We always come together when it’s needed and 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.”
Star reader Steve Walsh said: “Makes you realise how insignificant your problems are when you read things like this. But makes you realise Sheffield is a great place.”