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9 December 2016

Inspiring Jesse to carry out matchball against Cardiff

The Club's Community Champion for the Cardiff game is eight-year-old Jesse-James O’Brien. 

Jesse, who is here today with his family, including brothers Sunny, Brooklyn and Rocco, sister Tiger-Lilly and cousin Mason, met with Town’s Tommy Smith, Luke Hyam and Grant Ward at this week’s annual visit to the children’s ward at Ipswich Hospital. 

Jesse is a regular at the hospital’s Bergholt ward because he has cystic fibrosis, a disorder which affects the exocrine glands. This means that Jesse has to visit the hospital every four to six months, staying for long periods of time to undergo treatment as well as having to take around 40 tablets a day. A challenge for anyone, let alone an eight year old boy. 

But despite all this, Jesse is an outgoing and incredibly courageous young man who loves playing football and is a very deserving community champion for the bravery and strength he shows everyday. We are delighted to have him as our special guest at today’s game and he will carry the matchball out. 

If you know someone who deserves some recognition for doing something special, going above and beyond, shown a huge amount of bravery or given up their time for a local charity, or maybe they’ve shown kindness towards others or deserve a bit of recognition for overcoming adversity, then email your nomination to

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