James and Sarah Beattie became our patrons when the charity formed in 2005 and have worked closely with us and hard for us to help us meet our aims.
James met Sophie whilst he was captain of Southampton Football Club and an England player. He had gone to Norwood School as part of the Flybe Soccer in the Community scheme to teach youngsters footballing skills. Sophie told him all about her illness and the treatment that she was going through. James was so inspired that he asked her to be his mascot for the match against Newcastle on 19th September 2004.
Sarah met Sophie when she and James visited her at home several times. Sarah said ‘She was such an inspirational, courageous little girl. She melted our hearts instantly.’
When Sarah and James got married they asked that instead of wedding gifts, a donation be made to Sophie’s Appeal in Sophie’s memory. Over £7000.00 was raised!