Arsenal fans battling serious illness enjoy special day at London Colney organised by the legendary Bob Wilson and his Willow Foundation

Willliam Arnott with Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere. Credit Arsenal FC

Willliam Arnott with Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere. Credit Arsenal FC - Credit: Archant

Arsenal welcomed five young Arsenal supporters to their training ground for an unforgettable day out.

Willliam Arnott on a trip to London Colney organised by Bob Wilson's Willow Foundation. Credit Arsen

Willliam Arnott on a trip to London Colney organised by Bob Wilson's Willow Foundation. Credit Arsenal FC - Credit: Archant

The visit was organised by Willow who create special days for seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40.

Joined by parents, carers and friends, the five Gooners, including William Arnott (pictured) who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, were welcomed to London Colney by the Gunners’ staff for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the training facility.

They met the players and Arsene Wenger, watched the team train and ate lunch in the players’ restaurant last Wednesday.

Arsenal have a longstanding relationship with Willow, who became an official partner of The Arsenal Foundation in 2013.


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Since then, the foundation has donated more than £300,000 to Willow, including a recent donation of £180,000 to fund special days for young people with conditions such as motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease.

Founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife Megs, Willow is a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.

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Anna’s love of life and the enriching experiences of her own Special Days were the charity’s inspiration.

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