Youngster with leukaemia makes VIP visit to Wimbledon

A young tennis fan with cancer made a special trip to the most famous tournament in the world earlier this summer.

11-year-old Lydia Taylor, from Bromley, won a competition to attend the Wimbledon Ladies’ Final on Centre Court and to meet former British number one Tim Henman.

Lydia’s drawing and moving request for the tickets was chosen by CLIC Sargent from hundreds of entries after the prize was purchased by an anonymous bidder at the Eddie Jordan Windsor Race Evening and donated to the charity.

Lydia was diagnosed with leukaemia in November 2012 and finished her intensive treatment in early July.

Lydia’s mother, Amanda Taylor, said: “Lydia had a lovely time at Wimbledon thanks to the generosity of the CLIC Sargent donor. I was a little worried how she would cope as she had only very recently finished the intensive phase of her chemotherapy, but it all went very smoothly and we had a great time.

“Tim Henman chatted to us for half an hour and was very charming. We then really enjoyed the tennis and were in fabulous seats so it absolutely perfect. We cannot thank CLIC Sargent and the donor enough as these things make all the difference when struggling through such a difficult time.”