“We had two lovely days together and it’s a gorgeous memory for us both” – brave Connie is granted her wish to meet the cream of British gymnastics

A fearless ten-year-old created unforgettable memories after being granted her sporting wish and getting to meet the cream of British gymnastics.

Connie Price and mum Jane enjoyed a VIP experience at the British Championships, at the M&S Bank Arena, in Liverpool.

They had a two-night stay and got to meet stars of the British team, including twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova.

Connie, who has Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), receives care from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) at The Nook.

Her wish was granted by Cambridgeshire-based charity Sports Connections Foundation after she was nominated by EACH Art Therapist Louise Bush.

“It was a fabulous day and we had the best seats in the house,” said Jane.

“Connie had an amazing time and the twins were fantastic, making her feel a real superstar.

“We had two lovely days together and it’s a gorgeous memory for us both.”

Connie loves gymnastics but had to give up because of her rare, complex condition.

She had an experimental type of open-heart surgery shortly before her fourth birthday – becoming just the second person in the country to undergo the high-risk operation.

Although she has defied the odds to reach her tenth birthday, her condition leaves her short of breath and makes physical activity difficult.

Connie struggled to keep up with her fellow gymnasts but is now keen to give it another try because of her magical experience in Liverpool.

“The trip was something she’ll never forget and it’s inspired her to go back to her club,” said Jane, who lives in Harleston.

“She insists she’s well enough to do it and promises she’ll take her time if it gets too much.”

Sports Connections Foundation was established in 2010, with the aim of using the power of sport to inspire, empower, educate and transform the lives of children and young people.

It has four established programmes, including sporting wishes.

Co-ordinator Kathy Lucier said: “Connie and Jane had an amazing time and it was an honour to watch them making very special memories together.

“We’re incredibly proud to offer these amazing children a break from their challenging treatments and extended hospital stays.

“Through our sporting wishes, we create cherished, lifelong memories and some much-needed respite for the whole family.”

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