Touching moment young QPR fan rings bell on pitch to signal end of cancer battle

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QPR fan Felix Martineau was given a heroes reception at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Monday as he celebrated being given the all clear after a three-year battle with leukaemia.

The 8-year-old superfan was invited onto the pitch during the half-time interval to ring a bell alongside his sister, and was given a huge cheer by fans of both QPR and Bournemouth.

It is tradition to signal the end of treatments by ringing a bell, but not many would get the chance to do so in the middle of a professional football match in front of thousands of fans.

Felix looked delighted to be celebrating the all clear with his fellow QPR supporters, having entered the playing surface with his big sister who wrapped her arms around her brother.

QPR had said before the fixture: "Young QPR fan Felix Martineau will be a special guest of the club when we host Bournemouth at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Monday.

"The eight-year-old was recently given the all-clear after a brave, three-year battle with leukaemia.

"To signal the end of such treatment, it is common for patients to ring a bell at hospital and read a poem.

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"In Felix’s case, he will be doing this on the pitch at half-time against the Cherries in front of thousands of supporters!

"Felix was given the news as he enjoyed a personal tour of the stadium recently, and he was also treated to a further surprise when Ilias Chair, his favourite player, called to say hello!"

The gesture from the Championship side has not gone unnoticed on social media, with many praising the club for their efforts in supporting young Felix.

One Twitter user wrote: "Absolutely incredible moment for that little lad and his family. Oh, and what an amazing big sister!"

With a second adding: "I’m sitting in a restaurant and I’ve just watched this and the chills I’ve got are unmatched. Proper happy seeing this."

And a third saying: "The sisters hug was the point that I crumbled."

With a fourth concluding: "That's brilliant, his sister's hug at the end."

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