Sheffield Wednesday offers VIP package to city youngster hurt on ghost train ride

Skegness Pleasure Beach's Ghost Train
Skegness Pleasure Beach's Ghost Train
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A Sheffield schoolboy crushed under a fairground ride has been offered the chance to meet his beloved Sheffield Wednesday players when he is discharged from hospital.

Thomas Russon, aged six, from Beighton, is recovering in hospital after he ended up trapped underneath a car on the ghost train ride at Skegness Pleasure Beach.

Thomas Russon's Sheffield Wednesday shirt

Thomas Russon's Sheffield Wednesday shirt

The youngster was knocked unconscious and suffered severe burns on his abdomen.

He has undergone a skin graft and requires more surgery next week.

Owls fan Thomas was wearing a Sheffield Wednesday shirt when the incident occurred.

It had to be cut from him to allow medics to assess the severity of his wounds.

Responding to pleas from fellow Sheffield Wednesday fans for the club to provide the youngster with a replacement shirt, officials have agreed to donate a new strip.

They have also offered Thomas and his family a VIP package, which will involve the youngster being a match day mascot and leading the team out onto the pitch.

He will also have photographs taken in the centre circle at Hillsborough.

A Sheffield Wednesday spokesman said: “Everyone at Sheffield Wednesday was distressed to see what happened to Thomas.

“We all wish him a full and speedy recovery and would love to welcome Thomas to Hillsborough as our VIP guest at a game of his choice.

“It would be our pleasure to kit him out with a brand new Wednesday strip.

“The VIP package would include Thomas being a mascot, VIP treatment, leading the team out and having pictures in the centre circle.”

Football fans from around the country turned to Facebook and Twitter to pledge cash to kit Thomas out with new home and away strips before Sheffield Wednesday made the offer.

Family friend Jean Bernard said: “I have spoken to Thomas’ mum and dad and they are overwhelmed by everyone’s support.”