Marie Curie and Chelsea Football Club help 19-year-old's dream come true

Christine-O'Sullivanby Christine O’Sullivan
Helper Service Manager


As an avid Chelsea supporter, 19-year-old Stephen’s always wanted to see his team play on their home turf.

But when he was referred to the Marie Curie Helper service in Liverpool in July, he couldn’t have expected it would lead to him taking in a match at Stamford Bridge and meeting his footballing heroes.

The Helper service provides companionship and support to terminally ill people, their carers and families. Since he was referred to the service, Stephen, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy further complicated by cardiomyopathy, has been supported by Daniel, a dedicated Helper volunteer.

Stamford Bridge visit

Daniel visits Stephen at home for a few hours each week to play games on his PlayStation as well as chat about the latest football news.

Daniel learned about Stephen’s dream of going to a Chelsea game, so we decided to contact the club and find out if they could grant his wish of watching them play on their home turf.  When the staff found out about Stephen's condition and what a huge fan he was, they kindly invited him and his family along to Stamford Bridge to watch the Blues play Aston Villa on 21 August from the comfort of the family hospitality area.

Not only did Stephen get the pleasure of watching Chelsea beat Villa 2-1, he also met all the players including his idol, Frank Lampard.

Special day

Stephen had a fantastic day, saying: "It was brilliant; I got to meet all the players who all signed my wheelchair. I was made up to meet Frank Lampard especially. It was made all the better because we won!"

Stephen’s Helper volunteer Daniel is delighted that Marie Curie and Chelsea were able to make his dream come true, and he can’t wait to see Stephen and hear all about his special day.

About the Marie Curie Helper service

The Helper service currently supports over 30 families in Liverpool and is always looking for more Helper volunteers to widen the service’s reach to provide support to more terminally ill people, their carers and families in the local area.

If you are living in Liverpool, aged 18 years or over and have a terminal illness – or are caring for someone with a terminal illness – then please contact us directly to find out how the Helper service can support you. You can also ask your GP, district nurse, community nurse specialist or social worker to refer you.

To find out more information about the Helper service in Liverpool, send an email or call the service number on 0845 634 9813 (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm).

The Helper service is currently available in Liverpool, Nottinghamshire, East London, Northern Ireland (Belfast & Downpatrick areas) and Somerset & Bristol - visit mariecurie.org.uk/helperservice to find out more information on these services.

If you would be interested in volunteering as a Helper volunteer then please visit mariecurie.org.uk/helpervolunteer or call 0845 305 2191 to request an application form.