The family of a youngster with a terminal brain tumour have thanked the organisers of Northampton’s Market Square beach for making their little boy’s day.
Zoe and Danny Thomas were given the devastating news eight weeks ago that their son Alfie, aged five, had inoperable cancer.
The family, of Sentinel Road, Camp Hill, have since spent many weeks heading to and from hospital, so decided to go to the town centre for a day out and a break with Alfie, and his brothers Tyrone, aged 13, and Ryan, aged 10.
They were greeted at the fair by John Greatorex Jnr, who made Alfie his VIP guest at the summer event organised by Northampton BID.
Mrs Thomas, aged 30, said: “When we arrived on the Market Square, Alfie’s eyes lit up. Seeing the sand and water, the rides and even arcades, was like being at Skegness beach.
“Alfie chose to sit in the boat, and was laughing and clapping as he went around on the ride. John came over to say hello to Alfie and asked if he wanted to sit in the fire engine for another go. John would not take any money for the second ride.
“John asked us about Alfie, and when we explained Alfie’s illness, he told Alfie that he was their special VIP guest.
“John made sure that Alfie and his brothers went on all the rides for free.
“Alfie and his brothers had a lovely time, and it was so nice for me and their dad to see. Everyone was so friendly and we were touched by the generosity and kindness of John and the rest of his staff.
“At the end, Alfie thanked John for a great afternoon and told him he was a lovely man. We couldn’t agree more and would like to thank John and his staff once again for making our little boy’s day.
“And well done to Northampton for bringing a smile to so many children’s faces, especially our Alfie’s.”
The day out was a welcome respite at a very difficult time for the family. Alfie had been misdiagnosed with behavioural problems and dyspraxia, before he was finally diagnosed with cancer. He is now on a course of radiotherapy, with the aim of shrinking the tumour.
Mrs Thomas said: “He was not right for the last eight months. He was discharged from hospital on July 15, but we took him back and said we wanted an MRI. He was diagnosed that day. He smiles every day. He is just such a happy little boy. It is a heartbreaking situation, but we don’t want to remember this as a time when we were all upset. We have got to be strong.”