Wish comes true with rocking horse
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