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Eight-year-old Semi steps out at Wembley Stadium thanks to Rays of Sunshine and The FA

Eight-year-old Semi, from Rochester, fulfilled his wish to be an England Mascot during the friendly against Italy, thanks to Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity and The FA.

The eight-year-old got to experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk out hand-in-hand with one of his idols, Raheem Sterling, as the England team took to the pitch at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.

Semi was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, last year. Since being diagnosed, the eight-year-old endured an intense and gruelling treatment plan of chemotherapy, as well as long periods in hospital.  Thankfully, Semi is currently in remission from the cancer. He is an incredibly brave young boy who has always remained positive, despite what he has been through. He loves football and being an England mascot was a dream come true for him, and his family.

To make Semi’s wish become a reality, Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity approached The FA to organise for the young boy to be one of the mascots for the match.

Mum, Temi, commented:

“Semi is an amazing and brave boy. He has been through a lot lately health wise, but has always been very strong. It was an absolute honour for Semi to be able to experience such an amazing opportunity. The whole day was beautiful and we can’t be more thankful to Rays of Sunshine and The FA for making his wish come true. It will be a day he will never forget.”

Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, added:

“Every day Rays of Sunshine puts smiles on the faces of seriously ill children and creates precious family memories. We can’t be more thankful to The FA for helping us make Semi’s wish come true of being an England Mascot. Mascot places are extremely coveted, so we are so grateful for the opportunity to be able to invite Semi to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”



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Photos by Jon Super, Ian Walton,  Jed Leicester, Eddie Keogh for The FA