Disabled Hull FC fan meets his hero Jayden Okunbor who signs converted van

A Hull FC superfan got the surprise of his life thanks to the Hull FC Community Foundation and an East Yorkshire company.

Hull man Wes Trowel, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, ordered a Ford Transit van to be adapted to his needs from Victory Conversions in Gilberdyke. The company is an expert in converting vehicles for emergency services.

Wes couldn't believe what was happening when he went collect his new vehicle. Victory Conversions had reached out to the Hull FC Community Foundation who organised for Wes’s hero, forward Jayden Okunbor, to present him with the keys and sign a panel inside the van.

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Victory Conversions also hired a VIP box at the MKM Stadium for Wes, so he could watch Hull FC's recent home game against Leeds Rhinos from the best seats in the house. Oliver Shaw, Head of Sales at Victory Conversions, which is part of The Rix Group, said Wes was absolutely blown away with his new van, adding that meeting his favourite Hull FC player was the icing on the cake.

He said: "Wes is a larger-than-life character, and he is a huge Hull FC fan, so we knew we had to make this project extra special for him. That’s when we reached out to the Hull FC Community Foundation to see what was possible.

"They immediately wanted to be involved and do something Wes would never forget, and giving him the opportunity to meet his favour player just seemed to tick all the boxes."

Wes’s van has been equipped with a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities that enable his family and carers to ensure he can get around, and more importantly, never miss a Hull FC match. It was finished with a slick Hull FC-themed livery, and some personal touches for Wes including seats retrimmed in the Hull FC colours and the addition of a personal number plate.

Oliver added: “A huge thank you must go to everybody at Hull FC and the Community Foundation for making the day extra special for Wes. Our thanks also go to Charles Pugh and the wider team at Victory Conversions for the fantastic work on the van.”

Jayden Okunbor said admired Wes's; approach to life. “Even though he is non-verbal, he made a few cheeky jokes through his communication interface, and even asked if we could go for a drive in the van,” the rugby star said.

“I love stories like this, where local companies can work with sports clubs to have a positive impact on the lives of people who deserve to have a smile put on their face. I was just really glad to have been a part of it."