A Bolton fan who has been a carer for over two decades got a surprise this week when he was given a pair of tickets to watch his team in the play off final.

Bolton Wanderers are travelling to Wembley today to take on Oxford United.

The winner of the play off final will be promoted to the championship.

And one person who will be there in the stands is fan David Aruvee.

The 66-year-old who lives in Haulgh has been a carer since 2000 looking after family and friends over the years.

He is supported through Bolton Wanderers in the Community’s scheme Unlocking Wellbeing which focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of carers in the town.

The programme aims to reduce health inequalities they may be experiencing.

The Bolton News: David Aruvee will go to Wembley

And thanks to the English Football League Mr Aruvee will be going to Wembley to watch his team.

He will also be given a tour of the stadium as well.

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The last time Bolton were there in 2023 they picked up the Papa St Johns Trophy with a 4-0 win over Plymouth Argyll.

Mr Aruvee said: “Caring can be very rewarding but it’s important to seek out other carers through caring organisations where you can find helpful advice and offer each other support.

Through Unlocking Wellbeing he has accessed a range of activities including yoga, coffee mornings, and attended some of the club’s home matches.

He said: “Because of the club, I’ve done things I would never normally have done which has made a positive impact on my mental health after what’s been a stressful couple of years.

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“I’m thrilled to be coming to Wembley to watch my club. It’s somewhere I’d always dreamed of going.”

The initiative is part of a larger project delivered in partnership with Bolton Carers Support, Bolton Solidarity Community Association and Bolton Octagon.

The scheme aims to develop the partnership between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities.