FIREFIGHTERS in Atherton helped make a dream come true for a
brave little boy with a life limiting heart condition.
Thanks to compassionate Green Watch fire crews, four-year-old
Finley Shaw arrived in style when he was mascot at Leigh Centurions
Rugby League Club - pulling up to the ground in a fire engine for
the game against Barrow Raiders.
Finley has hypo plastic left heart syndrome, which means he has
half a heart and despite his tender years he has already had
several open heart surgeries.
During his last operation he suffered a stroke which has left
him suffering from seizures and before his next operation in
October - his family have been working to make his wishes come
Mum Nicola Shaw said: "Finley has always wanted to sit in a fire
engine, so to ride to Leigh Sports Village ahead of being a mascot
for the day for the Centurions really was a dream come true for
"I can't thank Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
(GMFRS) enough, they were so good with him, he got to squirt water
from the hose and his best friend even got to ride to the game with
him inside the fire engine."
It really was a special day for Finley as with his help as
mascot, the Centurions ran out 60-0 winners against Barrow.
Watch Manager Ian Gardner said: "Atherton is a community fire
station so when we heard about Finley we were only too happy to
help make one of his wishes come true.
"He spent an hour with us the day before the game at the station
where he got familiar with the fire engine and made him an honorary
Green Watch firefighter for the day with a special T-Shirt.
"On Sunday we drove him with some friends to the game at Leigh
Sports Village - he's such a brave little lad it really was the
very least we could do."