Young fan honoured by Stroke Association

David Luiz presented a special award to a special recipient at Cobham earlier this week as a young Chelsea supporter was honoured by the Stroke Association.

Edward Pearce, who recently turned 13, was invited along to the club’s training ground to collect his Carers Award as part of the Life After Stroke awards ceremony, which is due to take place in London on Wednesday 1 November and recognises the amazing achievements of those who have been affected by stroke.

Edward was chosen to receive the award having been the sole carer for his father Andy, who suffered a stroke, since the age of nine.

After handing the prize to the youngster, who was accompanied by Andy, David Luiz said: 'It was a privilege for me to present the award to such an inspirational young man. As footballers we get to spread a lot of happiness, but these people are the real heroes.

‘Edward is an amazing person and to hear his dad speak about the help he provides was very touching. He is a very deserving winner of a special award.’

Edward assists his father with everything which is required to aid his daily living, including cooking, cleaning and helping him bathe. At the same time, he continues to flourish in his studies and was given eight Platinum awards for attitude to learning in his recent school report.

After being presented with his award by David Luiz, he spent some time talking to the Brazilian and other members of the squad before being invited to watch the first part of the training session.

A striker for his local team, Camberley Town Youth FC, Edward is a huge Chelsea fan and spoke about a memorable day, saying: ‘It was great to receive my award from David Luiz, who was such a nice guy. He’s one of my favourite players and it was brilliant to meet him. He asked me about the team I play for and he seemed impressed when I told him how many goals I’d scored.

‘I didn’t expect the players to be so big close up and it was really good to be able to watch some of the training session. All of the squad came over to see me on their way out, and I feel very proud to have been given the award.’

Andy, who nominated his son for the award, added: ‘He is my primary carer and I wouldn’t be able to cope without him. He’s such a decent lad and he loves his football, which is why coming to Cobham and meeting the players has been so special.’