West Midlands Police have helped a ‘police-mad’ youngster fulfil an ambition of being a police officer for a day.
Brave Oscar has a ‘bucket list’ with over 30 different ‘dream days’ on it, and being a police officer was one of them.
In February this year, Oscar was diagnosed with Batten Disease. It’s a life-limiting degenerative condition that has already taken Oscar’s sight and in time will leave him needing 24/7 specialist care.
Eight-year-old Oscar spent the day with WMP at Bournville police station where he got behind the wheel of a police car, played custody sergeant in a custody suite and was on cuddle duty with a litter of police pups.
Officers also presented Oscar and his younger brother Charlie with their very own West Midlands Police ‘warrant cards’ as a memento of their shift.
Oscar’s aunty is PC Laura Colclough; a WMP response team officer who is based in Birmingham.
When PC Colclough told her colleagues about her nephew’s bucket list, they were only too happy to help.
“Oscar and Charlie are both obsessed with the police – probably from having an aunty that catches robbers – so being a police officer was one of the first entries on his bucket list.
“Oscar has lost almost all his sight now due to the condition, but there are lots of sounds in a police station to keep him entertained, not least the police car sirens and the slam of the cell door as he locked me up!
“He’s had a fantastic day and it’s heart-warming to see the smile on his face.”
PC Colclough and her wife created a Go Fund Me page with a £10,000 target to help Oscar realise his dreams and to pay for specialist care equipment that he will need as his condition worsens.
They’ve already broken that target with donations now totalling around £30,000.
Oscar’s bucket list also includes going on the set of his favourite TV show Tipping Point and meeting Harry Kane – both of which have already been pledged – plus flying in a helicopter, meeting Father Christmas in Lapland and going up the Eiffel Tower.
And PC Glenn Brabham, a WMP firearms officer, has taken on a gruelling marathon with a difference to raise money for Oscar.
He ran a marathon distance while wearing his police body armour which weighs just over three stone – and got a high-five from Oscar at the finish line.
Laura added: “We are truly overwhelmed with the offers of support, many from people who don’t know us, and I cannot thank people enough for getting behind us to give Oscar some time to remember.”
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