As part of a takeover day at Stansted Airport, two young cancer patients got a chance to see what it is like at the helm of Stansted Airport. Nine year old Timmy Shipton from Essex & Maxwell Banfield, 12, from Bedford,, got a chance to take part in many Stansted Airport experiences Joined by their families, the boys started with their day with a tour of the air traffic control tower where they were given a first hand insight into how staff communicate with the planes and pilots in order to ensure maximum safety. The youngsters then met the police service who patrol the airport facilities which lead to both of them getting a chance to ride in police cars, setting off the car’s sirens and alarms, before heading to lunch at the Escape Lounge. Timmy & Maxwell even got a chance to check passengers in!
Activities after lunch promised as much fun as the morning! The boys & families got a chance to sit in the cockpit of a Ryanair plane alongside a pilot as well as scrambling inside the plane’s hold to get a glimpse of where the luggage is stored.
As the day came to a close, the boys met the fire service, where they were given the opportunity to get into the Panther fire engines and even try their hands at putting out a small controlled fire as part of a demonstration! Cool, right?
Maxwell, who is currently on maintenance treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, loved the day according to his mother, Lydia, who said:
“The day was just fantastic. Maxwell and his brother loved it.
“We are so grateful for all of the people we met and who made us all feel so special.”
Karen Roberts, Community Fundraising Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “Timmy, Maxwell and their families had a fantastic day and really enjoyed themselves. This was a really memorable experience for them and we have to say a huge thank you to everyone at Stansted Airport for their support in making the day possible.”
She added: “CLIC Sargent’s partnership with Manchester Airport Group is helping to fund vital, frontline services for young lives struck by cancer and we are very grateful for their support. Special days like these help them forget about cancer and concentrate on enjoying themselves.”
A Stansted spokesman said: “The day was a great success and couldn’t have been done without the support of all of our staff and departments that supported the event.