'Queues of people' support Harpenden boy's fire station car wash (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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'Queues of people' support Harpenden boy Will Horton's charity car wash at St Albans fire station
Harpenden boy Will Horton was in his element when he joined his local fire team in a charity car wash to raise £50,000 towards an operation that will change his life.
Firefighters at Harpenden fire station swapped hoses for buckets and sponges to fundraise for the operation, selective dorsal rhizotomy, which will improve the life of Will, who has cerebral palsy.
Will was joined by his mother and father, Rebecca and David, and his sister Olivia who are now on a fundraising mission because funding for the operation is not available through the NHS.
His father David, of Aplins Close, said it was an awesome day attracting around 25 to 30 cars on Saturday.
The 41-year-old said: "We had queues of people come along to support us, along with people off the road which was great.
"Will was in his element. He had his little fire suit on and was put in charge of one of the hoses. He was as proud as punch.
"The firefighters are just awesome. They have been very supportive and we can’t thank them enough.
"It was perfect."
Mr Horton also added thanks to family friend Kiley Dixon, who stood outside on a roundabout near the fire station for three hours ushering drivers in to have their cars washed.
Will is heavily affected physically and doctors have warned that as he grows, the cerebral palsy will cause deformities with increasing limitations to his movements.
The operation would offer comfort, physical support and the possibility for Will to walk with a frame.
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