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Whites Christmas: Hugill And Wright Surprise PNE Fans At School

8 December 2016

Brothers Luke and Josh Carter had a school day to remember earlier this week.

The pair were given the ultimate surprise during school time by Preston North End's Jordan Hugill and Bailey Wright.

Both Luke and Josh were nominated as part of PNE's Whites Christmas campaign - an event which aims to spread Christmas cheer to North Enders who may need it more than most this Christmas.

Luke suffers from Cerebral Palsy, a syndrome which affects all four of his limbs. As a result, he is unable to walk independently, play football or enjoy playing any other sport that most kids of his age take for granted.

North End were made aware of Luke initially through the club's work with Rainbow House, and it became obvious then how big a Preston North End fan he is.

As well as Rainbow House, Luke has found comfort through older brother Josh, who has become an amazing role model for Luke as well as being very supportive of his younger brother.

Luke and Josh were nominated twice to receive a special treat, so the club responded by sending both players to their school, Garstang St Thomas' Primary School. 

Wright and Hugill interrupted their lesson for a short while to surprise the pair and present them with some PNE goodies in front of their class mates, and Wright, who has more than played his part in Preston North
End's work with Rainbow House has been moved by their story.

"They've been through a tough time," said Bailey after ensuring Josh and Luke had a school day they wouldn't be forgetting in a hurry.

"Josh has been a really supportive brother for Luke. It's nice to do things like this and it's enjoyable for us all.

"It can be difficult for all of the family so it's nice to do things like this and it's great that me and Jordan have the opportunity to come down as it does us the world of good. Not everyone gets it easy so if you can do things like this for people who need it most it's good.

As a consequence of his condition, Luke will require an invasive operation of which Bailey is actively fundraising for.

The Australian continued: "He needs to have an operation which involves cutting nerves which send 'faulty' messages from the brain to his legs.

"The surgery is quite serious and will require Luke to be hospitalised for several weeks but the intensive physio and rehabilitation will last for years.

"We're trying to raise as much money for the operation that he needs so the more money we can get, the better so whatever we can do as players, we're willing to do."

Watch the priceless reaction of Luke and Josh's class mates when both players walked into their class room via Preston North End Community and Education Trust's Twitter page, by clicking here.

To find out more about Luke's condition and to donate to his cause, click here

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