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Firefighters in Atherton help Finley's dream come true

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 true.

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 him.

"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."


Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:28
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