GALLERY: Special day out at Skegness Fire Station for youngster

Hawke with Skegness Mayor Coun George Saxon and Skegness fire service staff on his visit to the station. Barry Robinson
Hawke with Skegness Mayor Coun George Saxon and Skegness fire service staff on his visit to the station. Barry Robinson
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A young boy with a number of health problems enjoyed a VIP day out at Skegness Fire Station.

Four-year-old Hawke has seen his early years blighted by health problems with various spells in and out of hospital.

Having heard about his love of fire engines, Barry Robinson, a friend of Hawke’s father Paul Stone, arranged for the special visit.

Hawke, who attends Gosberton House School, suffers with right side brain damage, an arachnoid cyst on the brain and subdural hygroma.

He also has to contend with mild cerebal palsy, autism, epilepsy, sensory problems, sleep disorder and a slight left side weakness, in addition to other ‘little issues’, explained mother Kaley Spurr.

Hawke’s condition is due to what doctors believe was an in utero stroke and medics are currently trying to bring his epilepsy under control.

Despite this, Kaley said: “He does so well and we are amazed that he can do as much as he can.”

Having not been well enough to attend recent open days at the station, fire crews made Hawke’s dreams come true with a tour of the station and its equipment.

Skegness Mayor Coun George Saxon, who also went along, said: “Hawke was so excited, the lads at the station were absolutely brilliant and nothing was too much trouble for them.

“They took Hawke around the block in the new fire engine with the siren on and then set up the hose for 

Paul said: “We would like to say a huge thanks to the Skegness Community Fire Station for making us feel so welcome and for giving our Hawkey a day he will remember for years to come. The look on his face was worth millions.”

Hawke, who lives in Wrangle, is a regular visitor to Skegness with it being 
Paul’s hometown.

Kaley said: “We always bring Hawke to Skegness when he is struggling, as the sea, the air, the lights and the rides seem to calm him.

“He has not stopped looking at the pictures of the day and talking about his most recent visit to the fire station and he has now informed me he wants to live at the fire station forever.

“It was wonderful to be able to see him so happy and help us to replace all the not-so-happy memories we’ve had in the past with visits to hospitals, with happy ones.”

Crew manager Jamie Patton said: “It was great to see Hawke. We loved having him at the station and he is welcome back any time.”