NINE-YEAR-OLD Omagh author Aidan Gormley got the surprise of his life recently when he received a letter from the wife of legendary Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher.
The German seven-time World Champion is on the long road to recovery after his tragic skiing accident last December.
He was in a coma for six months and regained consciousness in June. However he faces a long course of rehabilitation.
Earlier this year the Ulster Herald revealed that Aidan, who begins Primary Five at the Holy Family PS next week, had received authorisation from sports car giants Ferrari to use their brand in his first book published this year.
He penned ‘Ferrari Adventure’ with all proceeds from the book going to charity. He also illustrated the book and completed the project in three weeks. His efforts secured him a publisher with Emain Publications choosing him as one of seven young authors for their 2014 collection.
However despite being a published author for Aidan the highlight was always the fact that he had received permission from Ferrari to use their brand name.
‘Ferrari Adventure’ is about a young boy called Johnny and the adventures he has in a Ferrari.
For his incredible skill and courage on the racing tracks Michael Schumacher is a hero to young Aidan.
After it was printed the publishers sent a copy of the book and best wishes to the racing racer. In return they received a letter from Schumacher’s wife Corinna.
In the letter she said, “I would like to thank you for your best wishes and your kind present, which help us to move forward in those difficult moments.
“It feels good to receive so many friendly wishes for recovery and other well-meant words. For our family it is wonderful support.”
She added the poignant and powerful message, “Our Michael is a fighter and he will never give up.”
Aidan said he was “thrilled” to receive the reply and hopes the racing champion gets well soon.
He added, “It was unreal to get the message from Michael Schumacher’s wife. I have a huge interest in motor racing and knew all about his achievements. He is very brave and I hope he gets well soon.”