A football fanatic from Colne has been left distraught after losing a sticker book he has been tirelessly working on over the past three months.
Little Tristan Fitzpatrick (6), a Year 1 pupil at Sacred Heart Primary School, was on a family trip to Gulliver’s World when it is believed his Panini 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil collection fell out of the back of the car.
The Burnley FC supporter was only eight stickers away from completing the 72-page and 640-sticker challenge when it was misplaced, and despite many frantic phone calls and pleas it has not been found. It is estimated that more than £200 had been spent on helping Tristan complete the book.
The youngster who plays for Burnley FC’s Under 7s team, has been bought a replacement book, and it is now hoped anybody with spare stickers will help him start his mission again.
According to his mum Claire (39), his friends have already been rallying around, and Tristan, who has also played for the Manchester City Under 7s team, has been left overwhelmed by their generosity.
Claire, a Fisher More High School business support worker, of Castercliff Bank, said: “Tristan is an absolutely passionate football supporter, and the World Cup meant just everything to him.
“We have rung everywhere since Gulliver’s World, and people have been so helpful, but it has gone. We have had three days of non-stop crying, and he is just devastated.
“It is not just like a book for him, he really did analyse it - when he opened a new pack it was like he had a Wonka bar with a golden ticket. It’s not the money we’ve lost, it is knowing how hard he has worked, and the time he has put in to fill it and learn all the players.
“We put a message on Facebook, and his friends have been superb, as we were told Panini stopped selling them last week. He has been very upset, but equally he has been very overwhelmed, and he has said ‘I can’t believe I have so many nice friends. We just can’t afford to start again.”
Anybody who can help Tristan is asked to message his dad, Damian Fitzpatrick, on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/damian.fitzpatrick.35