A little boy’s dream came true as he got the chance to be a police officer and help catch a suspect.
Jacob Rhodes, seven, who has a terminal brain tumour, was one of many special guests at Rockingham speedway on Wednesday for a children’s charity day.
The Sporting Bears Motor Club, which raises money for various children’s charities through a number of different motoring activities, teamed up with the circuit near Corby to provide families with a ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience.
Youngsters could be driven round the track in Dream Rides provided by club members in a range of different vehicles.
But for Jacob, the car for him had to be a police car as he is obsessed by cars and loves the police so organisers tried to make the event extra special for him.
Officers from Northants Police did a mock chase where Jacob was in one of the force’s marked cars in pursuit of a stolen vehicle.
But despite the suspect’s best efforts to get away, Jacob and his police colleagues managed to catch up with him and arrest ‘Mr Bad Guy.’
Chief Constable Simon Edens was on hand to thank Jacob for his efforts and presented him with a certificate.
Mr Edens told Jacob: “You did a really good job helping to arrest a suspect.”
Speaking to BBC Radio Northampton at the circuit, Jacob’s mum Sarah said: “It’s all about memories, and something like this creates a big memory that’s going to stick with us forever, you are never going to forget something like this.”
Event organiser and finance director at Rockingham, Andrew Lake, said: “Every year we offer Dream Rides to visitors at prestigious motoring events across the country, which raises tens of thousands of pounds for a number of local children’s charities and hospices.
“This event is different as it gives us the opportunity to provide a memorable day out for those children and their families we usually raise money to support.
“The best thing about this event is that the passenger rides are not just for the children but their siblings and parents too.”
Now in its fourth year at Rockingham, previous events have been a huge success enabling the whole family to join in all the activities together.
Andrew added: “The children’s charity days have always been very well received and the positive feedback from families has been overwhelming.
“One mother, who has a severely disabled son, told us that it had been the best family day out.
“She explained it was a rare treat for them all to be able to do something together.
“Usually one of the boy’s parents was forced to watch from the side lines caring for either their son or his siblings, while the other joined in the activities.”
As well as the passenger rides, there was static car display, face painting and the chance to climb aboard a fire engine and sit inside a police car.
For more information about the Sporting Bears Motor Club visit www.sportingbears.co.uk.