Like My Dreams - Oliver Bailey

Mark Noble and James Tomkins gave Oliver Bailey a Christmas present he could only have dreamt of when they turned up on his doorstep as part of West Ham United's Like My Dreams initiative.

The ten-year-old had no idea that his two Hammers heroes were about to walk into his living room when they knocked on his front door on Thursday 19 December, as he waited blindfolded on his sofa.

Oliver revealed his surprise to West Ham TV when being interviewed by Tomkins: "I was shocked; it felt like I was dreaming. I thought my present was going to be chocolate or FIFA 14, not this!"

The duo who delivered a goodie bag of gifts to both Oliver and his sister Matilda, spent two hours at the Bailey's home in Brentwood playing Xbox, taking photos and signing autographs.

Oliver was nominated by dad Colin who applied to Like My Dreams believing his son deserved a reward for helping to take care of Matilda who has one of the rarest genetic conditions in the world, CINCA/NOMID.

Colin told West Ham TV the reason behind his nomination: "I wanted to put Oliver forward because he's been in the background a lot and has been through so much in his life with his sister's illness.

"Oliver's just a dream son to support someone like Matilda, he's always there for her, he never moans, if she needs help he runs to her room, he spends hours in there making her laugh to try and cheer her up and he's just adorable.

"He's fantastic and I thought if anyone deserves it Oliver did, so I was chuffed to bits when we found out."

Tomkins and Noble took it in turns to play Oliver on his favourite Xbox game of FIFA 14, playing of course as West Ham.

Oliver Bailey

Mark Noble poses for a photo with Hammers fan Oliver

The players gave Oliver the perfect Christmas gift and Tomkins said their visit was just reward for all he had done for his sister.

"He was shocked to say the least. It was nice that they'd blindfolded him, took it off and then me and Nobes were standing there which was nice.

"Me and Nobes really like this sort of thing because we're giving something back and giving our support for someone who's done brilliantly for his sister.

"Not many ten-year-olds can say they do what he does for their sisters; it takes a lot of courage and a lot of effort and hopefully we'll have rewarded him with our presence tonight."

James Tomkins

Tomkins takes on Oliver at FIFA 14

Both the Baileys and the two Hammers were also full of praise for the Club's Like My Dreams initiative which had made the visit possible.

Colin said: "I think it's brilliant. I've looked at some of the videos where you've been to the hospitals and we've been part of hospitals for years and I think it's brilliant.

"When people turn up and they're genuine like this, spending time with people and generally brightening their day, it's fantastic."

Tomkins was also delighted to play his part and is looking forward to being involved again in the future.

He said: "This is what it's all about at this time of the year for everyone. Showing our support for everyone that's turned out to support us and it's just a great cause. Me and Nobes are part of it today and hopefully there's a lot more to come."