A big night for Swindon Town mascot competition winner
9:20am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
READERS of the Adver have helped a young girl’s dreams come true.
On Tuesday, Aemilia Moore, eight, will be leading Swindon Town out on to the pitch against Chelsea after winning the opportunity to be a mascot at the game.
She was selected from four other finalists after receiving more than 200 votes in a competition run by the paper.
The news of her victory was met with glee and Aemelia said it will be the biggest day of her life.
“I was so happy when I found out,” said the Oakhurst Primary School pupil. “I was crying and shouting.
“All my friends were happy for me but some were very jealous.”
As well going out in front of a sell-out crowd, Aemilia will be treated to a three-course meal.
She said: “The part I am most looking forward to is leading the players out but I am a bit nervous at being in front of so many people.”
Aemilia has been a life-long Swindon fan, regularly going to the County Ground to watch the team and has even been to Wembley.
Her family said she deserved the prize, not only because she is such a fan, but also because she has helped her great-grandfather since he became ill.
Brian Selwood, 73, was diagnosed with Myelopathy several months ago, which affects his spine, meaning he has lost the use of his arms and hands.
The family recently went on a holiday to Benidorm with Brian and Aemilia was on hand at all times to care for him.
He said he could barely contain his pleasure at finding out Aemilia has won the competition.
“She has made me the proudest great-grandfather in Swindon,” he said.
“We are all Swindon born and bred so it will be such a big occasion for everyone when she leads them out.
“Aemilia is always coming over to help me and it never seems like an effort.
“When we were on holiday she did so much for me, even shaving my face and helping to put on my socks.”
Her mother Misty, 26, said: “Aemilia was in school when I found out so I went in to tell her.
“She was shouting and jumping up and down. She was absolutely over the moon and telling all her teachers and friends.
“The whole family are really big Swindon fans so everyone is looking forward to it.
“Aemilia has been such a big help to her great-grandfather, this is something she deserved so much.”