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Millwall players back the Harvey Brown appeal

28 August 2015

Team are right behind our special little Lion

Little Lion Harvey Brown was a special guest at the training ground on Thursday morning as Millwall players pledged their support to his family, who are collecting signatures to urge NHS England to fund Vimizim for Morquio sufferers.

Harvey, who is six-years-old and lives a stone's throw from The Den, is one of just 78 children in the UK with the ultra-rare disease, Morquio, which is an inherited illness and means children like Harvey rarely grow to above three foot tall or live beyond their twenties.

After a successful clinical trial, Vimizim was shown to help children like Harvey grow stronger, need fewer operations, walk without mobility aids and live for longer.

Chopper added: "Harvey and his family are going through a bit of a difficult time so for him to visit us and meet some of his heroes is really special. If us giving up our time has helped just that tiny little bit then we're very proud because it is important that the club maintains such close ties to its supporters.

"People often ask me why I support Millwall and I think that what has happened today answers that. It is a very special club and the support we have had helping with our petition, and everything else, has been simply incredible."

"It was a brilliant day from start to finish," said Vikki, "We can't thank Neil Harris and all of the players for helping to make it such a memorable time for Harvey.

To wrap up the day, assistant boss Dave Livermore gave him a unique one-to-one training session to Harvey's sheer delight.

After training had finished, Fordey handed Harvey the Man of the Match trophy he was awarded for the game against Southampton last season and striker Steve Morison, who had given him a pair of signed boots, picked Harvey up and took him in to say one final 'hello' to all the players in the changing room.

When tiredness set in a little, Sam Pope arrived on the scene in his groundsman's buggy enabling Harvey to watch the rest of the training session in what his dad called 'our special executive seats!'

However, not before Shaun Williams, Jimmy Abdou and then manager Harris - who played in goal! - had enjoyed a kick about with him.

After photos, receiving a signed top and a pair of Fordey's personalised goalkeeping gloves, breakfast and his first stint as an interviewer, Harvey and his family watched the Millwall players go through their paces in training.

. here Goalkeeper David Forde was on hand to make sure Harvey had some breakfast too, which he tucked into before gleefully spotting his favourite player Fred Onyedinma. Cue a heart-warming meeting between the two which ended with Harvey interviewing Fred, the video of which can be viewed

It wasn't long before skipper Tony Craig became the first in a steady stream of first-team players to come and have a chat with Harvey and have their photos taken with the inspirational little lion.

Arriving bright and early just before 9am, and accompanied by Millwall-supporting mum Vikki and dad Dean, Harvey quickly made himself comfortable at one of the tables in the players' canteen.

Harvey, who is an absolute bundle of happiness, brought a ray of sunshine to the Calmont Road training ground as he was treated to a special day with his heroes.

Friends and members of the Brown family will be at The Den on Saturday urging Lions fans to add their names to the petition - and Millwall's players, along with manager Neil Harris and his back-room staff, have added their support.

It was licenced by the European Medicines Agency in April last year, but a decision to find out whether the NHS would pay for the drug to be offered to this country has been delayed until October - so Harvey's parents Vikki and Dean have set up a petition to let the Government know exactly how Vimizim would help their son and other sufferers.

or come along to the blue bus in the car park tomorrow and add your name.herePlease help us help to keep Harvey happy and sign his petition

"You could tell from the smile on his face that he thoroughly enjoyed his visit. Harvey really is a cracking young man."

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