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Dorset youngster lives the Wembley Dream
9 October 2012
A young football fan from Dorset won a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to represent the England football team as a mascot,
thanks to a partnership between Action for Children and The FA.
Jodie Casserley,10, whose family is supported by Action for
Children's Poole Children in Care Council in Bournemouth, was
entered into a draw along with other youngsters from across the
The footie enthusiast was chosen as the winning entry to attend
the match against Ukraine on September 11.
Jodie said: "I was so excited about the match, I could hardly
believe it. I couldn't wait to get out on the pitch and make my
family and the team proud. Action for Children has been really
important to us and I want to say a big thank you to our support
workers there and to The FA for making my dream come true."
Action for Children's Senior Corporate Fundraiser Yvonne Martin
said: "It's great to be able to provide such a wonderful experience
for Jodie thanks to our partnership with The FA. It will surely be
an occasion she will never forget."
Action for Children is one of four charity partners benefitting
from a direct association with The FA.
An FA Spokesman said "The FA is very proud of our partnerships
with all of our charities and especially the impact that being a
mascot at Wembley Stadium can have on young people throughout
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