Seriously ill child’s dream comes true with help from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

A seriously ill child had his dream to be a firefighter for the day granted thanks to a specialist charity and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Charlie Humphreys from Telford is living with spina bifida, scoliosis and other complex conditions.

The 10-year-old, shared his wish with Rays of Sunshine – a national charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children and earlier this month, Charlie visited Telford Central Fire Station where he was given his very own uniform, had a close-up look at a fire engine and joined the crew for tea and toast.

Charlie also tested his skills putting out a car fire, as well as getting some hands-on experience with the aerial ladder platform and was presented with a certificate, special medal and honorary membership of the Blue Watch crew.

Watch Manager for Telford Central Tim Hughes said: “We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming Charlie and his family to the station to make his wish of being a firefighter for the day come true.

“All our spirits were lifted by Charlie, he’s an amazingly happy chap despite all the obstacles he faces - we hope he enjoyed his time with us and can wear his uniform with pride as valued member of Blue Watch.” 

Sophie Washington, Rays of Sunshine ambassador and Wish co-ordinator, said: “Being able to turn a seriously ill child’s wish into a reality is something truly special, and it would not have been possible without everyone at Telford Central. They went above and beyond to make Charlie’s day unforgettable, and we can’t thank them enough.” 

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of seriously ill young people and their families across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community. 

For more information, or to apply for a wish to be granted, please visit or for more information on Shropshire Fire Service visit

11th November, 2019