Children enjoy the ride of their lives

A group of children with life threatening illnesses have been taken on a trip in some of the world’s finest super cars, thanks to a Nottingham based charity.

The charity, When You Wish Upon A Star, was founded to make the dreams of seriously ill children come true.

The latest venture involved a group of Nottinghamshire children and their families experiencing true motoring luxury with a ride in the state-of-the-art cars.

The once in a lifetime experience was organised in conjunction with the Luxury Motor Show – a car show taking place in Papplewick on May 17.


                                                                 Some of the children enjoying their day in Nottingham’s Market Square.

Each family was allowed to sit in the passenger seats of the supercars as they were driven with a police escort from Papplewick to Nottingham’s Market Square.

Amongst the luxury motors was a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, a Maserati and a Bentley.

Hassan Akhtar, 16, was one of the children that took a ride in one of the supercars.

The youngster – who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 – was delighted after his ride in a Lamborghini, which he said was his favourite car.


                                                       Teenager Hassan speaking before and after his supercar experience.

Anthony ‘Titch’ James, the step father of one of the children who was given the ride out, said that him and his step son – who has cancer –  had thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Loved it

“He’s loved it, he was looking forward to it. Since he was diagnosed with cancer he went into a shell but today got him out and he really enjoyed it,” he added.

“For the last six months he has not done anything like this, it’s brilliant.

“We have all enjoyed it, it’s been lovely weather and we have seen some lovely cars. I want one now, especially one of these.”

“For the last six months he has not done anything like this…”

Anthony James, step father of one of the children.

Little boost

Commenting on the day, Maggie Falconer, regional fundraiser for the charity said that the treat day gives the children a little boost and puts a smile on their face.

“These children are going through really gruelling – sometimes really painful – treatments,” she said.

“They are in hospital, missing their family and friends. This gives them something to look forward to, something to smile about, a lovely treat.

“Who else would get the chance to drive in a Lamborghini with a police escort?”



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