Diss: 14-Year-Old Gets Wimbledon Honour

A Suffolk teenager's going to be stepping on court at Wimbledon for the women's final later to do the coin toss.

Sophie Snowling, 14, from Redgrave near Diss has got the honour after the Duchess of Cambridge nominated East Anglia's Children's Hospices to benefit.

Sophie and her family have received support from EACH since her 16 year old brother Jake was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2011. Sophie will attend with Jake, her mum Donna and dad Mark.

Sophie said: “I’m really pleased the hospice chose us to take part. At first I thought we were just being given tickets, but when I found out I was going on centre court for the coin toss I couldn’t believe it.

I’ll get the opportunity to shake hands with the two finalists - I’m so excited.

EACH have helped me to cope with everything that’s happened with Jake and I’ve had support at home and at the hospice. I’m not currently having sessions, but I know EACH is there if I need them.”

Sophie’s mum Donna, said: “We always watch Wimbledon on the TV as a family. We’re a very sports minded family and have talked about going to Wimbledon in the past – but we’ve never been before so it’s really exciting. It’ll be great and it’s something we’re all really looking forward to as a family.

EACH has been a great support to us since Jake was diagnosed cancer and the family support sessions have been invaluable. Originally we all had sessions together, but we’ve had individual sessions too. It’s wonderful that EACH and Her Royal Highness have given us this opportunity.”

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