Special Wembley day for the Wiemers
AS thousands of fans visited Wembley to watch the Swans win their first major cup final, it was an emotional day for one special family.
The Wiemers from Llansamlet managed to get to the big match after kind-hearted English football fan Dave Donworth contacted the Evening Post wanting to donate four tickets to the final to a deserving family.
The family lost their eight-year-old daughter Lucy, who spent much of her life fighting systemic mastocytosis — a scarring of the bone marrow — and JMML leukaemia in April 2012.
And mum Nicola, who took eldest daughters Rachel and Chloe to the final, said it was a special day for the family, with Lucy at the forefront of their minds.
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"It was amazing, the girls were over the moon," she said. "They didn't want to go to school on Monday as they were still bouncing.
"They will be going on about it for weeks.
"We got the train up, had a walk around the ground. The girls thought it was fabulous — there were cushions on our seats.
"I did feel emotional standing there. We had to get the tears out the way and we were fine then.
"Lucy loved Garry Monk. The last time we went to a game at the Liberty was when we were all together."
Lucy was diagnosed with her rare condition shortly before Christmas in 2009 and spent the following six months undergoing treatment until doctors ruled out a bone marrow transplant and her chemotherapy was stopped.
Generous Southampton fan David, who is a member of Club Wembley which entitles him to tickets for all the big games there, said: "I am made up that they had a good time.
"It was a great result and I am pleased that it went to people who were fans. I would do exactly the same thing next time too.
"It was great to see an ex-Southampton boy Nathan Dyer score a couple."
"It is great and such a special day — as a football fan you will never forget it."