My Special Day proves dreams can come true, says Kirsty Gallacher
Kirsty Gallacher talks about the inspirational - and emotional - story behind 'My Special Day'
Last Updated: 18/12/12 3:22pm
Over the next five weeks, My Special Day will follow five courageous children as they fulfil a dream and meet their sporting idols.
Each of the youngsters, chosen by Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher and triple Olympic medallist Greg Searle, is suffering from or has overcome a life-threatening medical condition.
Join us each Tuesday as we accompany them on a journey they will never forget as they meet and train with sports stars including Tottenham's Gareth Bale, Manchester City's Joe Hart and the England rugby union team.
Then log on to www.skysports.com/myspecialday for extra footage, including more on the youngsters' battles with illness and the amazing time they spent with their heroes and heroines.
skysports.com caught up with Kirsty to find out more about this extraordinary show...
skysports.com: So, what's the idea behind My Special Day?
Kirsty: It's an inspiring story. Most people dream about meeting their idols but we wanted to make that dream come true for children who have shown amazing strength and character to fight serious illness. It's a way for us to show them just how special they are.
The youngsters don't know they've been nominated, so we follow them from poster to pitch, if you like. We're with them from the day that they find out they're going to meet their heroes to the day it happens - and, trust me, there are some lovely moments and one or two surprises along the way!
MY SPECIAL DAY
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skysports.com: How tough was it to make a shortlist of five kids?
Kirsty: It was incredibly difficult for Greg and me because so many of the nominations that we received were really, really moving. Greg's a lovely, successful man - as we saw when he won bronze at this year's Olympics - but more importantly he, like me, is a parent, so it was very challenging knowing you had the power to make someone's dream come true.
Although we are both fortunate that our children have not experienced illnesses like those nominated, we could certainly sympathise and empathise and in making our final shortlist we tried to imagine what it would mean to each child for them to meet their hero and how special it would be. I hope that image helped us to make the right decisions.
skysports.com: How easy was it to get the stars involved?
"It was very challenging knowing you had the power to make someone's dream come true."
Kirsty: That was wonderful because they were so keen to help out, even though they already do a lot of work for charity and in their respective communities. I don't want to give too much away but when we went to meet Gareth Bale and Joe Hart, who were both wonderful, it's fair to say that their respective team-mates (and managers) really went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome! All I'm going to say at this stage is that Jermaine Defoe was brilliant and Mario Balotelli was hilarious!
skysports.com: Is there one moment from the series that sticks out for you?
Kirsty: There are many emotional moments, so it's hard to pick one but I will never forget the look on the face of young Hayden when he got to meet Joe Hart. He couldn't stop smiling - as if to say 'I can't believe Joe's here'! It was a dream come true for him, which is what the show is all about.
Tune into Sky Sports News HD, channel 405, each and every Tuesday - including Christmas Day - from December 4 for My Special Day.