A terminally-ill schoolboy whose dying wish was to sit in a Ferrari was stunned – when NINE of the supercars turned up at his birthday party following a Facebook appeal.
Relatives of Toby Penrose launched a social media campaign to find a Ferrari owner who would be willing to pop along to his 11th birthday bash as a surprise.
But they were delighted when nine strangers responded and lined up their Italian-made sports cars outside the Esplanade Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, on Sunday.
Toby – who suffers from the rare degenerative brain disease Adrenoleukodystrophy – then made his way along a red carpet in his wheelchair to inspect the vehicles.
The excited youngster then got to rev the accelerators as fellow Ferrari drivers sounded their horns.
Emily, 47, said: “One of the things he said he wanted last week was, ‘for my birthday I would like to have a Ferrari.’
“All young boys would like to have a Ferrari for their birthday, I’m sure, but obviously we weren’t going to get him a Ferrari.
“I told him, ‘you’re not old enough.’
“So he then said he’d like to sit in a Ferrari, so I said fantastic, wonderful.
“We posted a message on Facebook and through the wonderful power of social media we’ve ended up with nine cars so far.”
Mother-of-two Emily, who cares for Toby full-time at their home in Truro, Cornwall, had got in touch with a friend who decided to create an event on Facebook.
Lots of people shared the event and joined the page, leading to several people around the country – who Emily didn’t know – showing up to the day with their flash cars.
Emily added: “He just sat in the red one with the biggest smile on his face I’ve ever seen.
“The support from all of these people – who most of them we’ve never met – is absolutely amazing.”
Toby, who was an active, healthy karate-loving football fan until last year, suffers from a deadly genetic disease affects one in 18,000 people.
Adrenoleukodystrophy – or ALD – has symptoms including loss of vision, seizures, deafness, reduced mobility and progressive dementia.
He was diagnosed with the disease out of the blue last March.
Emily added: “Toby was diagnosed with a terminal brain disease in March last year and we’ve been trying to make lots of memories for him and us as a family.
“This event really made his birthday. It means a lot to him and a lot to us.”