Zachary’s wish granted as he spies Nessie on the loch

Mon­ster hunt: Char­ity cre­ates mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence for poorly five-year-old

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY CALUM PETRIE

A se­ri­ously ill boy who is “ob­sessed with Scot­land” had his great­est wish granted yes­ter­day af­ter find­ing the Loch Ness mon­ster.

Five-year-old Zachary White, from Brack­nell, Berk­shire, was di­ag­nosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) in Fe­bru­ary.

He has spent much of this year in hos­pi­tal, en­dur­ing surgery, chemo­ther­apy and a stem cell trans­plant.

As the young­ster has bravely bat­tled through the gru­elling treat­ments, his one abid­ing de­sire has

“See­ing his sheer joy and ex­cite­ment was in­fec­tious”

been to visit Scot­land and find the fa­mous Nessie.

And thanks to the Rays of Sun­shine children’s char­ity, Zachary’s wish came true yes­ter­day as he en­joyed a trip north with mum and dad, Katie and Mark.

The char­ity en­listed the help of Loch Ness Cruises to or­gan­ise a ‘Nessie hunt’ for Zachary, who spent time out on the loch with binoculars, com­pass, mag­ni­fy­ing glass and a hand­held torch.

Af­ter an hour out on the wa­ter look­ing for a sign of the mon­ster, Zachary spot­ted some­thing way off in the dis­tance.

Closer in­spec­tion re­vealed that his great­est wish had come true, as the Loch Ness mon­ster showed her­self for just a brief mo­ment.

An ec­static Zachary said af­ter­wards: “I spot­ted Nessie. I can’t be­lieve I got to see the Loch Ness mon­ster!

“Not many peo­ple get to see her and I got to see her. She was green and scaly, a bit like a di­nosaur, but a friendly mon­ster.”

His par­ents added: “To­day has been amaz­ing.

“To be able to come away as a fam­ily and cre­ate such pre­cious mem­o­ries with Zachary af­ter so long in hos­pi­tal has been in­cred­i­ble.

“See­ing him back to his old self, so ex­cited and smil­ing, has been fan­tas­tic.”

Rays of Sun­shine CEO Jane Sharpe said: “I am so thrilled that we were able to make Zachary’s wish come true and in such a spec­tac­u­lar style. This wish clearly came from Zachary’s own imag­i­na­tion and in­spired us to go above and be­yond to cre­ate the most mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble.See­ing his sheer joy and ex­cite­ment when he spot­ted Nessie was com­pletely in­fec­tious.”

Rays of Sun­shine pro­vides sup­port for se­ri­ously ill children across the UK, in­clud­ing grant­ing wishes.

Zachary’s was the 7,000th dream to be brought to life since the char­ity was founded in 2003.

AD­VEN­TURE: Zachary White, who was di­ag­nosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, has a break from hospi­tals to go Nessie hunt­ing yes­ter­day

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