Mascot dream for Wakefield Wildcats’ fan

Angela Widdop, who has a spinal condition which means she will eventually lose the ability to walk, will be the mascot for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday 10/07/11 for thier match against St Helens.'Pictured with Julien Rinaldi, acting captain for the match.'w5716a127
Angela Widdop, who has a spinal condition which means she will eventually lose the ability to walk, will be the mascot for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday 10/07/11 for thier match against St Helens.'Pictured with Julien Rinaldi, acting captain for the match.'w5716a127

A COURAGEOUS woman who has been told a spinal condition will put her in a wheelchair will fulfil her lifelong ambition of becoming a mascot at a Wakefield Wildcats match on Sunday.

Angela Widdop began supporting Trinity as a child, when her father used to take her to games.

The season-ticket holder was born with curvature of the spine, and although as a younger woman she was very active, training as a runner, her condition has deteriorated.

Despite several operations to help with the narrowing of her spinal cord, there is no cure, and she relies on sticks to help her walk.

But on Sunday, she will complete a life-long dream of walking out with players at Belle Vue before the match against St Helens, after telling the club of her ambition.

Mrs Widdop, 46, of The Green, Ossett, said: “The doctors can’t put a time scale on when it will happen, but I will end up in a wheelchair. It could be tomorrow or a few years’ time, that’s why I decided to contact the club and ask.

“Walking out on Sunday will be such a proud moment for me – I look at the team as my lads.”

Wildcats’ chief executive James Elston said: “When we heard of Angela’s wish to we were eager to make this happen for her.

“On behalf of all staff and players at the Wildcats we hope she has a great day on Sunday and that she brings the team plenty of luck when they take on St Helens.”