Wave 105 listeners make a young boys dream come true!

Wave 105 listeners make a young boys dream come true!

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In May, Wave 105’s Cash for Kids Appeal supported Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices with a day of on air fundraising. 

During the day, listeners heard many stories from children and families we support and more than £16,000 was raised towards a new minibus. 

One story that captured the imagination of listeners was about a 15 year old boy called James Whitehead.

James has a rare neurometabolic disorder, and has received respite care from Naomi House & Jacksplace since 2002.

He loves his time at the hospices but his real passion in life are lorries. Many of James’ visits to the hospices are spent looking for lorries, whether it be a short walk from the charity’s base in Sutton Scotney or a trip out in the minibus to travel up and down the A34.

After hearing about James’ passion, listeners called the radio station to offer some really lovely memorabilia, including an Eddie Stobart pocket watch.

James Whitehead - Eddie Stobart pocket watch

Among the callers was Chris from EMR, a metal recycling firm with a huge fleet of vehicles. Chris offered to come to the hospice to meet James, and most importantly, bring a lorry!

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True to his word, Chris and his team arrived on Saturday 23rd July with a lorry to surprise James and even presented him with a goodie bag. James also got to have his photo taken in the lorry and enjoyed a spin around Sutton Scotney from the passenger seat.

Chris from EMR said 

I was approached by Dave who is a EMR Class 1 Artic  Driver, He  was listening to Wave radio and heard Wave’s campaign. He asked me if we could we do anything to surprise James by taking a lorry to Naomi House for a morning. We managed to confirm a date with Naomi House & Jacksplace’s activity team to surprise James.I would like to say a big thankyou to Steve Coleman and the team at Scania Fareham for supplying a great gift bag for James’s Surprise Day.

James said:

I really enjoyed sitting in the cab and being driven around in the lorry!

James’ mum, Paula, added

He hasn't stopped talking about it! He loved it. Thank you to everyone for organising such a lovely surprise.

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