Swansea City donate virtual mascot packages for Forest tie
Junior Jacks Callum Williams and Osian Pirotte have been recognised for their outstanding bravery by Swansea City, and will be our virtual mascots for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest.
The pair will receive personalised messages and a signed shirt from one of their favourite players, and will also feature in our official matchday programme and on the club’s social media channels.
Here are Callum’s and Osian’s stories:
Callum, 16, is a proud season ticket holder who is a regular face at the Liberty Stadium and away fixtures.
He was born with club feet, for which he has had to undergo numerous operations and, in 2015, Callum made the extremely brave decision to opt for a double amputation.
Six months after the amputation Callum fulfilled his dream of walking out with his favourite player, Wayne Routledge, for the match against West Brom.
Callum plays wheelchair basketball for Wales and Swansea Storm, and was training for a trial with the Great Britain squad. A week before Christmas, Callum bravely underwent further surgery which entailed having his bones shaved and both stumps reshaped.
Callum’s mum Diane said: “Callum loves Swansea City and looks forward to watching the games on SwansTV. He can’t wait to get back inside Liberty Stadium to see everyone.”
The club have gifted Callum two shirts, which he will have laminated onto his new legs.
Osian, nine, is also a massive Swans fan. He has hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, but does not let that stand in his way.
“He loves playing football for Margam Stags Inclusion Football and is always trying to help others,” said Osian’s father, Simon.
Osian is raising money for Maggie’s Cancer Centre, a charity that offers free support to people with cancer. Osian has decided to take on the task of running five kilometres, which is quite a challenge for him, but he is determined to do it.
Osian is raising money for Maggie’s in honour of his late uncle Mark. His fundraising efforts are off to a great start and the Jack Army can support Osian’s cause by donating to his Just Giving page at the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/osian-pirotte1
Swansea City wish Callum and Osian all the very best on their respective journeys. We, and the Jack Army, are proud of you.