Town duo visit young Town fan
Jack Hunt and Danny Ward travelled to Leeds General Infirmary to catch up with a good friend of Huddersfield Town on Tuesday afternoon.
14 year-old Mirfield youngster Bailey Coppack will be well known to most Town fans after last season’s home game against Rochdale was used to raise funds to send her on a life-saving trip to the USA.
Bailey was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suddenly collapsing back in 2008 and required specialist treatment to rid her of the cancerous growth that was not readily available in the UK. Two operations failed to rid Bailey of the issue, so her stepdad Graham Ellis and mum Lisa Coppack raised money to send Bailey to America for 'Proton Therapy' - which can treat the issue while preventing the possible side-effects that further Radiotherapy could cause, such as deafness.
This treatment was expensive, so after discussions with the family Town dedicated the Rochdale game in March 2012 to generating funds for Bailey.
The generosity of Town fans saw £10,000 raised on the afternoon and Bailey travelled to America for the treatment over the course of the summer.
Unfortunately, since her return, Bailey has subsequently been diagnosed with Leukaemia and is currently in LGI receiving treatment.
As a result the Town pair, accompanied by Club Ambassador Andy Booth and the npower League 1 Play-Off Winners’ Trophy, paid her a visit on Tuesday to lift her spirits.
Boothy told htafc.com:
“We’ve kept in close contact with Bailey’s family throughout the course of the year and we were all devastated to hear her latest news, so we wanted to get across to LGI as soon as we could to pay her a visit.
“Bailey really is an incredibly brave and strong person – an inspiration to us all. She was in good spirits when we saw her and she seemed genuinely pleased to see Jack and Danny, who were more than happy to accompany me.
“She is a good friend of the Club and we’ll be sure to keep our fans updated on her progress, as I know there is a big interest in her situation amongst our fan base.”
You can keep up to date with Bailey's progress on Twitter via @BaileyFund