PC Peebles reporting for duty!

On Saturday 22nd July, we granted seven-year-old Charlie Peebles’ wish to be a policeman with the help of the Metropolitan Police.

Charlie has always liked policemen and wants to be one when he grows up. He often tells his mum that he’ll put her in jail for not doing what she’s told and asking him to tidy up his toys!

When Charlie was six-months-old, he was diagnosed with a serious condition called hereditary spherocytosis. This means his red blood cells are oval shaped rather than round so his spleen thinks they’re foreign bodies and attacks them. A simple virus or infection, like an ear infection, can be very dangerous for Charlie and he needs blood transfusions to fight them.

As well as hereditary spherocytosis, Charlie also has another genetic blood condition called Type 1 Von Willebrands disease. This is a bleeding disorder like haemophilia and Charlie needs medication to help his blood to clot.

On the day of his Starlight Wish, Charlie and his family arrived at Belgravia Police Station. Two policemen presented Charlie with his police uniform that had been especially made for him. Charlie was even given his own collar number, CP999, which no one else can have!

Dressed the part, Charlie got into the character of ‘PC Peebles’ and sat in the police van and played with the sirens. It was then time for him to travel in police convoy to Buckingham Palace where he watched the Changing of the Guard. He helped with the security sweep and PC Peebles stood to attention and saluted as the Queen’s Guard walked by.

All the tourists watching the Changing of the Guard were very impressed by PC Peebles and flocked to him to take countless photos and selfies!

The weekend has been fantastic especially watching his face light up. It’s been amazing to see Charlie’s Starlight Wish granted because being a policeman is all he ever talks about and all he has ever talked about. Most children don’t get to have their dreams come true until they grow up so it’s amazing that Charlie’s have come true at this early stage.
– Ally, Charlie’s mum

After a spot of lunch, PC Peebles headed to Lippitts Hill which is where the National Police Air Service is based. He sat in the police helicopter and was taught how to turn it on and off. PC Peebles also met the 12-week-old police training puppies and the working police horses.

It was then time for PC Peebles to put his police skills to the test and arrest a ‘baddie’ which he did with ease – all in a day’s work for PC Peebles!

Read more about Charlie’s wish in The Telegraph.

Help us grant more wishes for sick children like Charlie by donating online or text “WISH35 £3” to 70070.

 

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