Following a serious brain injury last year, die-hard Wigan Warriors season ticket holder Diane McSpirit was left fighting for her life as she suffered a massive brain haemorrhage whilst driving her car, leaving her unconscious at the wheel.
Although she’s made some recovery, Diane of Marus Avenue, Wigan, has been unable to get back to the DW Stadium to watch the team she’s followed since her childhood days, because she’s no longer able to listen to loud noises, like the sound of the crowd. So when Andy Gregory heard of Diane’s plight, he insisted on making the loyal Warriors supporter’s birthday wish come true.
Gregory, famous for his never-say-die attitude on the pitch, arranged to pay a personal visit to the McSpirit home where he surprised Diane and her husband Graham during her 49th birthday celebrations. Andy presented Diane with a birthday cake, signed limited-edition brochure and a complimentary birthday kiss, whilst she reminisced about her days at Central Park watching Andy play for Wigan. The entire family are massive Warriors fans so it was a real treat for them all to have a local legend of the game visit their home.
Andy was so adamant he wanted to give something back to Diane, to aid her recovery, that he insisted on taking a break from his busy Testimonial Year schedule to drive to Diane’s home and make her day. Andy Gregory has given tirelessly to charitable causes over the past 30 years, without ever courting publicity, and will always be regarded as the greatest scrum-half of his time.
You can find out more about the Official Andy Gregory Testimonial Year at andygregory7.com/testimonial/