Gorleston dad battling motor neurone disease enjoys VIP trip to Spurs
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A popular Gorleston dad rubbed shoulders with celebrities and met some of his sporting idols when he was treated to a VIP experience at a Premiership football club.
Ryan Harman is battling motor neurone disease, after being diagnosed with the debilitating condition in August 2012, and as a new year treat his friends rallied round to get a gift for him from Tottenham Hotspur.
They were delighted with the club's response when they sent Ryan, 34, a certificate entitling him and four friends to watch Spurs take on Sunderland in an executive box.
The dad was joined by his brothers Remi, Reece and Regan and their father Dean on the trip to White Hart Lane earlier this month.
Close friend Natalie Smith, who works at Outfit in Great Yarmouth, helped organise the surprise sporting trip with her colleagues and said Ryan and his family were treated like 'total VIPs' for the whole day.
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'They got there early and as they sat in reception all of the players walked past so he was able to meet them,' she said.
Before the match they enjoyed a gourmet lunch and Ryan, who has supported Spurs since he was a youngster, was presented with a gift bag. Ryan and his guests also met Westlife singer Bryan McFadden and X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd, and the day was topped off with a 2-1 win for Spurs.
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Natalie added: 'When leaving Ryan met his idol Jermain Defoe even though he was playing his first match for Sunderland.
'They even pulled up next to (comedian) Michael Mcintyre in his Ferrari at a set of traffic lights who jokingly challenged them to a race!
'Ryan said that the day could not have been any better.'
Last year friends and family raised £20,000 to send Ryan and close friend Wayne Campbell to China, where he attended the private Wu Medical Centre for pioneering stem cell treatment.
After returning from Beijing he has started to see results and hopes his condition will improve as the treatment continues to work.
His family are now desperately looking for a three bedroom bungalow in Great Yarmouth or the borough's northern villages to rent as soon as possible for his needs.
Anyone who can help the family should call Natalie on 07712280708.
Natalie is also taking part in a skydive in support of Ryan and is looking for sponsors to help boost her total. Any businesses interested in sponsoring her daredevil feat can call her on the number listed above.