London Fire Brigade

Tottenham firefighters make wish come true for boy with cancer

24 April 2012

Tottenham fire crews made five-year-old Elijah Boakye Ansah James' dream come true when they invited him to their fire station to spend the morning as a firefighter.

Elijah, who is from Forest Gate and suffers from Hodgkins disease, was greeted at the station on Tuesday 24 April by Tottenham’s white watch. As well as showing him around the station and letting him sit in a fire engine, big hearted white watch also presented Elijah with his very own Tottenham fire crew T-shirt.

Watch Manager Jon Thornton, who helped organise the visit, said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to have Elijah here with us at the fire station.

“We showed him how to use the hose reel and he had a good look inside the fire engine. To make the day extra special we performed a drill just for Elijah and gave him an idea of how we firefighters work at the scene.”

Enfield Borough Manager Richard Claydon added:

“We really do enjoy helping out wherever we can and making Elijah’s wish come true was a reminder of just why we love working with the community so much. He would make an excellent firefighter and is welcome to visit us at the station any time.”
The event was organised by Rays of Sunshine, a charity which grants wishes to children with serious and life limiting conditions. Rays of Sunshine also arranged for Fireman Sam to join Elijah at Tottenham fire station.