Ipswich youngster George Woodward meets MotoGP Legend Valentino Rossi

George Woodward meets with his hero Valentino Rossi Picture: LAURA BARBER

George Woodward meets with his hero Valentino Rossi Picture: LAURA BARBER - Credit: Archant

It was a dream come true this afternoon for one Ipswich youngster who came face to face with a MotoGP legend.

Six-year-old George Woodward Picture: LAURA BARBER

Six-year-old George Woodward Picture: LAURA BARBER - Credit: Archant

Six-year-old George Woodward, who has spinal muscular atrophy, has been taken on a surprise trip to Italy where he met his idol, racing legend Valentino Rossi.

The once-in-a-lifetime trip comes only weeks after a drug which could improve George’s life, known as sprinraza, was turned down for approval on the NHS.

News which left his family devastated.

Now the family have had the opportunity to create memories which will last a life time thanks to the help of local charity GeeWizz.

George Woodward and his mum Laura Barber Picture: LUCY TAYLOR PHOTOTGRAPHY

George Woodward and his mum Laura Barber Picture: LUCY TAYLOR PHOTOTGRAPHY


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George’s parents had already booked passes to watch the MotoGP race this weekend where Rossi will be taking to the tarmac in San Marino.

With the help of GeeWizz founder Gina Long the trip has been extra special as George was able to meet Rossi in person.

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George’s mum Laura Barber said it was “a complete surprise” for her son who had no idea what was going to happen.

“He loves his MotoGP. It’s a dream come true for him.”

Miss Barber said that the meeting was a real treat for the whole family after a difficult few weeks for them.

George has long been a fan of the nine times world champion with his bedroom and wheelchair kitted out in Rossi’s colours to show his support.

Thanks to the charity Geroge was able to grab an autograph and a selfie with his hero.

GeeWizz founder, Gina Long MBE, said: “When we created GeeWizz three years ago, we aspired to create a special transparent charity to help local families.

“George Woodward will always have a very special place in our heart – his bespoke powered wheelchair was the first purchase made by GeeWizz and we have supported George and the family ever since.

“When we heard that his parents, Laura and Lee, had booked to watch George’s hero Valentino Rossi at the Moto GP, I knew I wanted to try and make the trip even more special.

“I contacted Valentino’s team and as soon as they heard George’s story, they had no hesitation in helping.

“It will be the very best memory and moment in time for him.

“It also reinforces why GeeWizz is such a special charity, one that I am very proud of.”

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