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'Beautiful day' with the Blades for heroic Hollie

19 October 2017

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Sheffield United has shown its support for a city youngster who was injured in the Manchester terror attack earlier this year.

Hollie Booth, 12, who suffered two broken legs in the tragedy, was personally invited to Bramall Lane by United co-owner, Kevin McCabe, for a tour of the stadium and a meet-and-greet with all members of the Blades first team ahead of the home win over Ipswich Town.

Grandfather Kevin Brewster and dad Dale Booth joined Hollie on the tour along with her sister, Demi.

As well as the Blades men's first team, the Gleadless youngster was also introduced to the United Ladies first team and Club legend Tony Currie ahead of the SkyBet Championship game against Ipswich Town.

Hollie was sadly caught up in the Manchester attack earlier this year. Hollie's aunt, Kelly Brewster, tragically lost her life in the terror attack after heroically shielding Hollie and her sister Claire, 33, from the blast.

United co-owner McCabe, first team manager Chris Wilder and captain Billy Sharp all visited Hollie her during her recovery at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Hollie's grandfather Kevin, 63, of Arbourthorne, said: "It was absolutely superb, she had a beautiful day. Kevin (McCabe) personally invited us to the game and has been absolutely fantastic.

"They've been brilliant. We've had Kevin and Chris and Billy Sharp visit Hollie while she was in hospital - each time they came it just made her day. Billy Sharp's her favourite player and seeing them all again on Saturday was fantastic.

"I've been a United supporter for more than 50 years and Hollie and her sister both love it. They've got all the kits and love to have a day out with their granddad every other week.

"Hollie's got an autograph book, they were all signing that for her too. She hasn't stopped talking about it ever since - by 8pm on the day of the game she was asking where the photos were of her with all the players!

"I met some of the old players I know too - I went to Tony Currie's first game in 1968 when he signed for United so it was brilliant to see him again.

"We're extremely grateful to Sheffield United for their show of support and wish them all the best for the remainder of the season."

Dave McCarthy, operations director at United, said: "As a community-based Club, it means a lot to us to support local people such as Hollie and her family.

"After what Hollie and her family have been through in the past few months I hope that we were able to offer at least a little bit of respite.

"I was delighted to see Hollie given a tour of the stadium by co-owner Kevin McCabe and I'm glad she was able to meet and greet all the players before kick-off - Hollie and her family are welcome back at Bramall Lane at any time."

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