Hundreds of vehicles performed a drive-by past the home of a young boy to help him celebrate the end of more than three years of chemotherapy.
Five-year-old George Brayley was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was just two and has already had to endure 1,170 days of treatment during his short life.
To recognise his bravery, mum, Kelly decided to organise a drive-by of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles outside their home in Barnstaple, Devon.
And George rang a bell and watched on as a string of vehicles including classic Minis, high-performance sports cars – and even a Batmobile – drove by.
Kelly added: “It’s really heart-warming, because they don’t know George and most of those people would never have seen him, but his story has touched them.
“We are just absolutely blown away.
“This is just a little moment for George. He is a typical boy, he loves anything with an engine.”
George took his final chemo tablet on Thursday, June 25, and soon he’ll go back to hospital in Exeter for a final heart check, before hopefully ringing the ‘end of treatment’ bell there.
Kelly said: “He has done really well. He did have a bit of a blip in October 2017 when he had pneumonia, but 10 days in hospital and he was fighting fit again.
“At the beginning of this month he contracted chicken pox. As you can imagine it’s difficult to isolate a five-year-old and he’s full of energy.”
Kelly came up with the drive-by idea and contacted community volunteer Mickey Parker.
Mickey has been helping through lockdown and has been delivering essential supplies to those who need them in North Devon.
Hundreds of people responded to the request on social media to take part in the event.
Kelly said that by the end of the day over 400 vehicles had passed their house, in a procession that took more than 45 minutes.
She added: “It was amazing, George was a bit overwhelmed because there was a lot but he enjoyed it.
“He loves everything with wheels or an engine. I came up with the idea because he was supposed to be having a party with his friends, but that couldn’t happen because of Covid.
“We suggested that his friends could drive past and wave at him, and it spiralled from there really.
“There were at least 400 that drove past, it took about 45 minutes to pass and they weren’t going slow either.
“The treatment was tough, especially in the beginning when it was intensive.
“It was hard to watch him change, he lost his hair and lost lots of weight. That was tough.
“He’s been very brave, we’re proud of him – he’s my little hero.
“He’s now a healthy little boy, he’s got to go to the hospital to make sure the treatment didn’t cause any lasting damage to his heart but then he should be given the all clear.
“He doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but now he can be whatever he wants to be.”
George lives in Barnstaple, Devon, with his mum, Kelly, 40, dad Nic (corr), a 40-year-old operations manager, and his three sisters – Morgan, 20, Thaila, 11, and Lillie, eight.