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CHARLES IS A PICTURE OF JOY AT BLUES

A teenage Blues fan who overcame cancer was given a close-up view of his favourite team when he was granted an EZE Wish to shadow the club photographer at a home game.

Charles Hayes, aged 18, watched and took photos of Birmingham City’s 4-1 home victory against Sheffield Wednesday from the pitchside and also joined the suited players and manager Lee Clarke in their line-up for a pre-match photograph.

Afterwards he met man of the match Jesse Lingard who scored all four goals on his league debut.

Charles, a carpentry apprentice who lives in Hurley near Tamworth, was nominated by his grandmother Roberta Hayes as part of the EZE Wish initiative by the club’s diamonds partner, lifestyle and leisure company EZE Group.

Dad Glen, who like Charles is a season ticket holder in the Tilton Road End, said: “His grandmother, and indeed the whole family, are very proud of him. She felt he deserved the treat after all he has gone through and put his name forward. He had a fabulous day and we want to thank everyone who made it possible.”

Charles was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphona as a child and underwent eight months of chemotherapy. He came through it and has been in remission for 12 years and is able to live a normal life.BBC_7874 Charlie with Roy Smiljanic

The keen Blues supporter said: “It was different experience taking photos and watching the game so close to the action. It was an amazing game. I was nervous earlier going on the pitch, but having my picture taken with the whole squad and Lee Clarke was probably the best part of the day.”

As part of shadowing club photographer Roy Smiljanic, Charles also enjoyed sandwiches in the press box before the game and was given guidance on taking photos for potential use in a match-day programme.

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