"The warmth and kindness of Everton Football Club and people of Liverpool was amazing"
Cerebral palsy youngster Megan given VIP treatment by Blues after Crewe Alexandra bust-up
10:12, 24 MAR 2018
Parents of a six-year-old girl with life-threatening cerebral palsy today hailed “the warmth and kindness” of Everton Football Club .
Amanda and Michael Kewley brought their daughter Meghan to Merseyside to watch the Blues’ 2-0 over Brighton earlier this month.
Meghan was given the red carpet treatment on her first visit to Goodison.
It followed a bust-up at Crewe Alexandra’s stadium, who the family have followed for many years, and which involved a senior steward rowing with Megan’s parents in front of their child at a match last September.
The Kewleys demanded the steward be sacked by the League Two outfit, but the Railway Men’s bosses refused to budge.
Meghan with parents Michael and Amanda
Meghan with Cenk Tosun
After relaying their experience on Twitter, the couple were stunned when an Everton season ticket holder suddenly contacted and invited them to the Blues Premier League game as VIP guests.
Meghan was given a signed matchday programme, and an Everton replica shirt with her name emblazoned across the back.
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After the game, the wheelchair-bound youngster, who cannot walk, talk, and does not understand language, was introduced to many of the Toffee Men’s players during a behind-the-scenes photo session.
Pictures of Meghan with stars including Michael Keane , Ashley Williams , goalscorer Cenk Tosun , and Dutchman Davy Klaassen have now taken pride of place on the family’s mantelpiece.
The Kewleys have bought season tickets for Everton’s 2018/2019 campaign after ripping up their tickets at Crewe.
Mum Amanda Kewley with daughter Meghan
Meghan with Davy Klaassen
Dad Michael, 57, from Nantwich, told the ECHO: “The whole matchday experience from start to finish was first class and we felt like VIPs.
“We will never forget the kindness of everyone and we are hoping to make many more trips to Everton as they have now got three new supporters.
“I’d previously heard about the kindness of the people of Liverpool, but this was beyond the call of duty.
“I want Everton fans and Merseysiders to know just how special we were treated.
“To see my daughter laughing, that’s something which I can’t thank Everton enough for doing.
“We know about Liverpool people’s kindness, because Meghan sometimes goes to Alder Hey Hospital, but our experience was something else.”
Meghan with Michael Keane
Michael said that since the dispute six months ago, they had not attended a football match.
The 57-year-old, who has nine children, added: “It brought a tear to my eye.
“Everyone at Everton we spoke to was fantastic.
“Meghan has regular seizures, lives the life of a baby, and mainly feeds through a milk bottle feed - she won’t live past her early 30s.
“To our absolute delight, Goodison Park have a changing facility for disabled people which we haven’t experienced before.
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“The room was equipped with everything that we needed to attend to our daughters needs.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Martin Turner[the Everton fan who organised the VIP visit] from the bottom of our hearts for making our little girl very very happy.”
The ECHO approached Crewe Alexandra, but the club declined to comment