Fundraising youngster meets Grimsby Town star Greg Pearson
A YOUNG Grimsby Town fan met one of his footballing heroes as reward for his efforts in last year's Smileathon.
Thomas Portus, 11, of Grimsby, had his photo taken with Town star Greg Pearson and also received a £100 toy voucher from Ramsdens after winning a prize draw.
He was entered into a draw along with all the other youngsters who managed to raise at least £50 for the charity event which was held at Cleethorpes' Meridian Park in September.
As reported, the inaugural event raised more than £14,000 for eight local charities.
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Thomas's mum Denise said: "It was a very nice Christmas present for him. He is spending it wisely and he is sharing it with his sister Ruth. He has bought Monopoly and a maths ability game, and Ruth has got some Little Mix posters.
"The big surprise was that Greg Pearson from Grimsby Town was there. Thomas is a big fan."
Thomas, who has autism, took part in the one-mile race for disabled people.
Denise added: "He loved the Smileathon, but it did take a lot of effort because he has got weak muscles.
"Thomas raised £50 and he got a lot of support from the Nunsthorpe community."
David Christy, managing director of Ramsdens, said: "We were more than happy to donate the voucher to support Smileathon. It is a great cause and all the money goes to local charities."