A GROUP of young AFC Bournemouth fans are set to enjoy a very special experience as mascots at today’s Premier League match.

The stories of brave Jacob Buckett, five, Mason White, nine, and Ethan Burney, 10, have inspired Daily Echo readers.

This afternoon they will be joined by 10-year-old Jack Jones, who has raised money for children’s charities, and will walk out with their Cherries heroes before the game against Everton.

The four boys enjoyed a preview of the big day yesterday at Vitality Stadium and all of them predicted Eddie Howe’s side would continue their fine form by making it three wins in as many games.

Jacob, who has cerebral palsy, underwent life-changing surgery last year to help improve his mobility.

Since then he has made remarkable progress and was really looking forward to being a mascot today.

His dad Kevin said: “For Jacob to get an opportunity like this is great, he loves it.

“The children bond with certain players and they have grown to recognise them. It has built great relationships.”

Jack raised hundreds of pounds towards Jacob’s surgery last year after hearing about his story.

“I’m most looking forward to being able to walk out with my favourite AFC Bournemouth player,” Jack said.

Jack’s mum Tracey said Jack has built a close friendship with the other boys and does not treat them differently because of their conditions.

Jacob, Mason and Ethan were mascots at Cherries’ first Premier League win of last season against Brighton.

Mason’s mum Kerry said he was really excited about getting another chance to sample the exclusive experience.

“This year he knows what to expect and he has it in his head who he wants to walk out with,” she said.

“He feels at home here at the club. Everyone knows him and about his condition.

“It is great the club are willing to let the boys be mascots because they have such an amazing time, it shows their link with the community and it raises awareness about the children’s conditions.”

Mason, who has the most severe form of the rare genetic skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB), said it was great to be a mascot last season and he could not wait to do it again.”Walking out on the pitch with all of the players will be amazing.

“It is a strange experience, but it is really good fun.”

Ethan, who has condition Aarskog Syndrome, said he was very excited about today’s game.

He hoped to walk out on the pitch with summer signing David Brooks, who impressed in the opening two games.

n Read previews ahead of today’s match in sport, including interviews with Eddie Howe and star Nathan Ake.