Boy gets dream toys and fire station visit to buoy spirits as he battles illness

4 year old Bailey Cooper with his mum Karly Morris are met by Watch Manager, Vincent O Neill at the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Headquarters.
4 year old Bailey Cooper with his mum Karly Morris are met by Watch Manager, Vincent O Neill at the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Headquarters.
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BRAVE Bailey Cooper was overjoyed after getting the toys of his dreams and a visit to a fire station.

The four-year-old is battling leukaemia for the second time and is due to have a lifesaving bone marrow transplant at the end of the month, after a matching donor was found, as revealed in the Echo.

So to help him through the 12 weeks of recovery he faces, a supermarket set about raising money to buy him a new set of toys.

Asda, in Washington, raised more than £800 for the youngster and invited him and his mum Karly Morris, 22, of Shiney Row, to the store to present the money.

This also meant Bailey got the chance to pick what things he wanted to spend the cash on.

Karly said: “It’s so nice to know that people are rallying around to help and the money means we can get him what he wants.”

Maureen Wallwork, community life colleague at Asda in Washington, said: “The day was absolutely tremendous and I know the family were really delighted with the amount we raised.

“We handed over the money and he was able to buy some toys for his time in hospital.

“We have kept some of the money for them so he can come back and pick some more toys. It feels amazing to be able to help Bailey and the customers have been so generous.

“All we want to do is try to make the little boy’s life just a bit more special.”

Bailey was also given another treat when his family arranged a surprise visit to a fire station and he was able to go inside a fire engine.

He had told his mum previously that this was one of the things he would love to do, so they got in touch with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to see if they could organise the surprise.

So Bailey and Karly were invited along to the brigade’s headquarters at Barmston Mere, in Washington, where watch manager Vincent O’Neill gave them a tour of the station and showed them around one of the fire engines.

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