Fire station thrills for tot

Rafferty was given a tour of the station.
Rafferty was given a tour of the station.

A POORLY toddler who loves Fireman Sam had his spirts lifted when firefighters at Skegness Fire Station took him on a thrilling tour around their facility.

Rafferty Lee has battled with heart troubles throughout his young life but when his mother took him to meet the real life versions of his favourite fictional character, he was overjoyed.

Rafferty’s grandmother Maria Lee said: “All Rafferty has ever known has been hospitals and surgery but when he visited the firefighters they were fantastic and his little face lit up with a beaming smile.”

Maria and Rafferty’s mother Anouska have sung the firefighter’s praises for the precious memories they gave to their brave little boy.

Rafferty was taken on a tour of the station and was able to sit in a vintage engine that was in the station on a visit from Louth.

Firefighter Carl Coupland, who took Rafferty on the tour with four of his colleagues, was delighted to have made such a positive impression on their young visitor.

He said: “It was lovely to see his face because it was quite sad to hear his story and everyone who was around that day had children of their own.

“We always try our best to help out wherever we can for youngsters like Rafferty and his family.”