Paula Adamson could not believe her eyes when her therapist from the Trinity Holistic Centre arranged for her to meet her favourite band members from Boyzone.
The private meet and greet at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground was arranged by complementary therapist Caroline Chinn who was able to contact the band’s manager through a friend of a friend.
Paula, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, had mentioned that she was going to see the band while receiving a relaxing massage treatment at the centre.
But she thought nothing more of it until one of the stewards came over to her half an hour before the concert stating that there was someone waiting for her in reception.
Paula and sister Nicola Rutherford had no idea what was about to happen until they saw Caroline who quickly told them they were about to meet Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham from the band.
“It was amazing, I did not know anything was going to happen,” said the 46-year-old from Eston who is about to undergo her final course of chemotherapy.
“We went into a VIP suite and Keith and Shane were there first and we had our photos taken and they talked to us for ages. When I said Ronan was my favourite they went and got him too and then Mikey turned up for a photo as well. I did not know whether to cry, laugh or scream!
“Every time I think about it I smile. It’s something I will never forget. It’s just something you never expect to happen. I had only known Caroline for four weeks and she did all this for me. I can’t thank her enough”
The mum-of-three quickly built up a good rapport with Caroline during her treatment sessions and began telling her about the concerts and events she has organised to ensure the whole family, including husband Gordon, and children Jordan, 16, Jack, 13, and Jessica, 8, have lots of special memories to treasure.
“When Paula said she was going to see Boyzone in concert and that they were her favourite band I knew I might be able to arrange something extra special but we didn’t get to find out that it was definitely going ahead until the actual day,” said Caroline.
“It was worth the effort just to see her face, it was amazing!”
Nicola had also tried to arrange for the band to give Paula a mention on stage. But she was just as surprised as Paula when they got to meet the band at their own private VIP reception.
“It had been raining and I looked like a drowned rat but I didn’t care,” said Paula. “It was like winning the lottery.”
The Trinity Holistic Centre is based at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. It provides practical and emotional support and wellbeing projects to support cancer patients and their carers. To find out more about the centre click here.