Fundraiser chosen to perform coin toss for Gentlemen’s Singles Final at The Championships, Wimbledon08 July 2022
Dylan decided to abseil 13 stories down from the roof of the Pelican Hotel in Tooting on 12 March this year, with his father, Daragh, to raise funds for St. George's.
Unfortunately, his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and lost his battle in January 2022. Dylan said:
“My grandad was in and out of St. George's more times than we can remember since his diagnosis and he always received fantastic care and treatment.”
Dylan’s grandmother also passed away from a brain tumour and was treated at St. Georges in 2012. In a cruel twist, she passed away only a week after his brother was born at St. George's.
She too was treated by the staff there in her final weeks and according to Dylan’s family, she also received amazing care.
Dylan said: “I was lucky enough to be born at St. George's Hospital and so was my younger brother, Aidan and my cousins Mila and Arlo, and also loads of my friends and their siblings.”
Dylan plays rugby for his school and Battersea Ironsides RFC. St. George's Hospital Charity is Battersea Ironsides’ chosen cause.
Dylan went on: “There’s a huge number of rugby players in all the teams in the club and when there’s an injury, it’s often St. George’s who ‘repairs’ them.
"Unfortunately, even I’ve had to visit them a few times to be treated too!”
St. George’s Hospital is visible from the roof of the Pelican Hotel, where Dylan and his father abseiled. Dylan continued: “You can see St. George's Hospital in the distance, and it makes the hospital look so small but for anyone who has been there, we know it’s anything but small.
“Among my family and friends, St. George's Hospital has always been there for us when we needed them. I started out just wanting to say thanks to St. George’s for the fantastic care and support they’ve given to me, my family, my friends and school mates and especially for what they did for everyone during the pandemic.
"When I found out I had been selected to do the coin toss for the Gentlemen’s Final at Wimbledon, I was shocked but so happy.
"Me and my family all love watching The Championships, so this is an extra special treat for us.”
Amerjit Chohan, Chief Executive of St George’s Hospital Charity, said: “Everyone at St George’s is pleased and proud that Dylan was chosen for this honour in recognition of his fundraising efforts, and especially in the year of the Centre Court Centenary.
"Thanks to the generosity of our loyal supporters, like Dylan, we can continue to support our NHS heroes, the staff, as they work through the aftermath of the pandemic.”
Bruce Weatherill, Chairman of the Wimbledon Foundation, said: “Inspiring the next generation and creating opportunities for young people is central to the Wimbledon Foundation’s work.
"While the last two years have been extremely challenging for young people, we know that there are many who have stepped up to help their communities.
"We’re delighted to give two young people from Merton and Wandsworth the recognition they deserve through this once-in-a lifetime opportunity to step out onto Centre Court and perform the coin toss at the Wimbledon Finals.”
Dylan and Daragh visit the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
Watch Dylan perform the coin toss using a bespoke platinum coin created by the World Platinum Investment Council to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Centre Court Centenary.