TWO-year-old leukaemia sufferer Charlie Harris-Beard touched the hearts of football fans who chanted his name when he went onto Kidderminster Harriers pitch as the club raised money for him.
The terminally-ill tot was guest of honour at Saturday's home Blue Square bet Premier fixture against Wrexham and generous fans dug deep into their pockets, raising £3,000 during a bucket collection.
To the delight of supporters at Aggborough, the brave youngster was brought out on the pitch by his father Joe Beard during half-time.
Fans director John Davies, who co-ordinated the bucket collection, said: “I didn’t expect Charlie to come out but while there was an announcement about the collection they brought him out on to the pitch and the fans were shouting ‘Charlie, Charlie’.
“It was fabulous.”
The club has been moved by Charlie’s bravery since he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia on Easter Sunday last year and wanted to help fund a special trip for the youngster, who was given just weeks to live last month.
Mr Davies, who also represents the Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters Trust (KHIST), added: “At half-time we got 10 of the match ball boys together and they went round the ground with buckets collecting money from the fans.
“I was really impressed with what they donated on the day and the Wrexham fans – considering they were away fans – were absolutely fantastic.
"We put posters up all around the ground to highlight what we were doing.”
Charlie is expected to start a trial drug at Birmingham Children’s Hospital next Tuesday, giving new hope to his family.
He was suggested for the drug last month and is due to have tests at the hospital today.
His mother Fiona Harris announced the news on facebook page Help save Baby Charlie Harris-Beard.
She said: “We are delighted to tell you all that Charlie will be starting the trial drug next Tuesday.”
She also thanked the 21,000 followers, adding their support “meant the world”.
Meanwhile, postmen and women from Kidderminster will be performing in a Royal Mail Variety Show to raise cash for Charlie this weekend.
Saturday’s event at Kidderminster Town Hall will feature a visit from Postman Pat and Santa.
There will also be entertainment and music on the night.
Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.
A quiz night held at Wribbenhall Parish Rooms raised more than £800 for Charlie’s fund.