Dream day for deeply deserving Hull schoolboy Tarek Mansour
HE'S been in and out of hospital since he was a baby but never complains and always excels at school.
Tarek Mansour, 12, has been selected for a surprise day out organised by Hull Children's University after inspiring classmates, despite suffering ongoing health problems.
The charity has arranged for the Stepney Primary School pupil and his family to visit The Deep, eat at Nando's in St Stephen's shopping centre and watch a 3D film at Reel Cinema.
Loveable mascot Charlie came into the school to present Tarek with a certificate and Hull City shirt, which was a shock for both him and his friends.
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It is the first Charlie Surprise organised by the project, which supports children who are suffering a bereavement, illness, bullying or problems at home.
Eve Clark, business and fundraising manager for Hull Children's University, said: "We usually target whole classes or groups but we've come across the odd child who is deserving.
"Whether they've been ill, lost a family member or been bullied, they have to come to school every day and put on a brave face.
"They are often brilliant in class and nobody would know anything was wrong."
She said the charity has had its mascot Charlie since before Christmas and it is appealing for sponsorship for future days out.
"We're not asking for the world, or trips to Disneyland or anything huge, just nice family visits, and it's good to keep it local," Eve said.
"Headteachers are able to nominate a student who deserves the prize and we've already had so many requests.
"They are all inspiring stories and some of them even make me cry.
"One of our next surprise trips is for a girl who has just lost her father and she is having a mother and daughter day out."
Tarek is going on a day out with his parents, older brother and younger sister. A trip for five to The Deep, Nando's and the cinema could have set them back about £200.
It has been sponsored by internet provider MS3 Communications.
Tarek was particularly excited to be going to going to one of his favourite restaurants. He chanted to classmates: "I'm going to Nando's."
Tarek said: "I was really shocked to see Charlie and to be told about the day out.
"I don't like being in hospital but I love coming to school – my favourite lessons are maths and PE."
Stepney Primary School headteacher Paul Browning said Tarek is a Year 7 pupil but he has been kept back a year at school because of his illness.
He said: "Tarek is just a wonderful pupil, he's very modest and humble, he's always polite and well-mannered.
"It's been hard for him and his family but, despite his health difficulties, he is always brilliant at school.
"He is one of quite a few deserving children here and the day out has been tailored to what he enjoys doing.
"It's wonderful that the charity has organised this."