FIREFIGHTERS in Atherton made a special little boy's
dream come true when they made him an honorary firefighter for the
Seven-year-old Matthew Peers was so happy after visiting the
station that he renamed the firefighters on his Fireman Sam bedding
after members of the Green Watch crew.
The youngster, from Stockport, who loves Fireman Sam, has
cerebral palsy which means he can't control his body movements and
relies on others to help him get around.
L-R Firefighter Lloyd Watson,
Hayley Mason-Peers, Matthew Peers, Nicola Carlin, and James
His mums Nicola Carlin and Hayley Mason-Peers were going to
apply to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK for Matthew to become a
firefighter for the day, but when Nicola's old school friend
Firefighter Lloyd Watson heard about the youngster's wish, he and
the crew offered to make his dream come true.
Matthew and his brother James, aged 10, visited the station
earlier this month with their two mums where the family was given
the full V.I.P. treatment.
The brothers got to sit in a fire engine, squirt water using the
hose reels and watch firefighters cut up a car using their
hydraulic cutting equipment.
Nicola, aged 33, said: "Matthew is a very bright boy
academically and is doing well at mainstream school but his
condition makes doing activities very difficult.
"He's always loved Fireman Sam and loves water - we were going
to apply to Make-A-Wish for him to play football with Man United
and to be a firefighter for the day and when Lloyd heard about it
he said we could tick one off the list.
"We were just expecting them to show us around the station but
they had all the hoses and appliances out for us and we watched
them cut up a car.
"Matthew absolutely loved it and so did his brother - James can
often be ignored because of Matthew's condition so it was nice for
them to do something together. I can't thank Lloyd and the watch
enough for what they've done.
"When we got home that night, Matthew wanted his Fireman Sam
bedding on - there are a couple of firefighters on it and he's
renamed them Lloyd and Liz after members of the watch."
Firefighter Watson said: "We were more than happy to help make
Matthew's wish a reality and hope he will remember his day with us
for a long time."