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EZE Wish ready to be granted

Posted: Mon 21 Oct 2013
Author: Steve Dann

Club photographer Roy Smiljanic with Charles Hayes.

EZE Group are looking to reward another deserving fan that has overcome personal adversity, carried out outstanding work in the community or shown tremendous support for the club over the years.

A lucky individual and a guest will be rewarded with the chance to enjoy VIP treatment on a matchday in the St. Andrew's Boardroom hosted by the club's senior finance officer, Roger Lloyd. The experience will include a luxury meal for two alongside both sets of clubs directors and the chance to watch the match in the best seat in the house.

To nominate somebody for an EZE Wish send reasons why you feel they are deserving of this great opportunity to: ezewishes@bcfc.com.

A teenage Blues fan, who overcame cancer, was recently given a close-up view of his favourite team when he was granted an EZE Wish to shadow club photographer Roy Smiljanic at a recent match.

Charles Hayes, aged 18, watched and took photos of Blues' 4-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday from the pitchside and also joined the suited players and Lee Clark in their line-up for a pre-match photograph.

Afterwards he met man-of-the-match and four-goal hero Jesse Lingard.

Charles, a carpentry apprentice who lives in Hurley near Tamworth, was nominated by his grandmother Roberta Hayes as part of the EZE Wish initiative by the club’s diamonds partner, lifestyle and leisure company, EZE Group.

Dad Glenn, who like Charles is a season ticket holder in the Tilton Road End, said: “His grandmother, and indeed the whole family, are very proud of him. She felt he deserved the treat after all he has gone through and put his name forward. He had a fabulous day and we want to thank everyone who made it possible.”

Charles was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphona as a child and underwent eight months of chemotherapy. He came through it and has been in remission for 12 years and is able to live a normal life.

The keen Blues supporter said: “It was different experience taking photos and watching the game so close to the action. It was an amazing game. I was nervous earlier going on the pitch, but having my picture taken with the whole squad and Lee Clark was probably the best part of the day.”

As part of shadowing Roy, Charles also enjoyed sandwiches in the press box before the game and was given guidance on taking photos for potential use in a matchday programme.

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