Like thousands of children around the country, six-year-old Poppy had to cancel her birthday party owing to the on-going lockdown.
Poppy is a keen supporter of the emergency services and the NHS, so she is always on her doorstep each Thursday, with her parents, clapping to show her support for carers around the country.
But just before Poppy and her parents clapped for our carers last night (16th April), she had a special visit from the Lancashire Police Dog Unit.
Dog handlers from the unit had heard about Poppy’s birthday being cancelled, and they found out that Poppy not only claps for our carers each week but that she is a ‘mini’ carer herself.
Poppy helps her parents to look after her disabled brother which, for a six-year-old girl, makes her an exceptional child.
So just before 20:00 hours last night, police dog ‘Rhyker’ and police dog ‘Harri’ stopped by Poppy’s house and dropped off a ‘happy birthday’ card.
But this wasn’t just any birthday card.
It was a one-off design that was handcrafted by Lancashire Police Dog Unit (with a little bit of help from their four-legged colleagues, of course).
In a post shared on their Facebook page, a spokesperson for the dog unit said:
“The happy little lady in the photo is Poppy.
“It was Poppy’s 6th birthday yesterday and (like lots of others) had to postpone her party.
“Poppy is an amazing sister to her disabled brother who knows how wonderful our NHS is so before #clapforcarers Poppy received a surprise visit from PD Rhyker & Harri, which made her day.
“Hope you had the best birthday ever, Poppy”.
Poppy was over-the-moon with the kind gesture, judging by her beaming smile.
Poppy’s mum, Nicola Grantham, responded to the post by saying:
“Thank you so much, Poppy was so chuffed for her visit, and she now wants to be a police dog handler when she grows up.
“It really made her birthday so special and one she will never forget
“Thanks, PD Hari and PD Rhyker and of course their amazing Handler
“Stay safe out there guys xx”.
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