Wish comes true with rock­ing horse

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

A BRAVE lit­tle boy re­ceived a spe­cial gift – thanks to a char­ity and a rock­ing horse maker.

Five-year old Ethan Gavin was given a rock­ing horse cour­tesy of MakeA-Wish Foun­da­tion UK and Steven­son Broth­ers of Bethers­den.

Ethan, from Whit­stable, has tuber­ous scle­ro­sis which causes a va­ri­ety of dis­or­ders in dif­fer­ent or­gans of the body as well as epilepsy and speech dif­fi­cul­ties.

He is un­able to com­mu­ni­cate through speech but has de­vel­oped a great love for rock­ing horses af­ter spending hours play­ing on the one in the King’s Col­lege Hospi­tal wait­ing room.

His dad David said: “We heard about Make-A-Wish while watch­ing the tele­vi­sion show Katie and Peter, as the char­ity ar­ranged for a lit­tle girl to ful­fil her dream of meet­ing Peter An­dre.

“We de­cided to ap­ply to Make-A-Wish and see if they could help ful­fil Ethan’s dream of hav­ing his own rock­ing horse, and we were de­lighted when they said yes.”

Ethan’s spe­cial day be­gan when he was picked up in a lux­ury limou­sine with mum Jen­nifer, his dad and three-year-old brother Harry, and driven in style to the Wind­chimes Cen­tre in Herne Bay where he had fun play­ing in the sen­sory room and soft-play ar­eas with his brother.

The fam­ily were then taken to Frankie and Benny’s restau­rant in Ash­ford for lunch be­fore be­ing driven to the Steven­son Broth­ers Rock­ing Horse Shop in Bethers­den to dis­cover how rock­ing horses are made.

Ethan was pre­sented with a hand carved rock­ing horse to take home and trea­sure.

Dad David added: “It was a very spe­cial day for Ethan. The horse is now up in his bed­room and he re­ally loves it.”

The Make-A-Wish char­ity grants wishes for chil­dren and young peo­ple fight­ing life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

Ethan Gavin, five, with the rock­ing horse he was given cour­tesy of the Make-A-Wish foun­da­tion

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