A young patient at North Devon District Hospital had a welcome distraction from his treatment after a nurse arranged for him to be taken for a spin out in McLaren MP4-12C supercar.
Jaidan Williams, aged 17 , has been undergoing treatment for two years for Pilonidal abscess disease and recently underwent surgery. He lost his mother in 2017, and his grandmother also died suddenly.
Rebecca Taylor, a community children’s nurse at North Devon District Hospital, explained: “I have been seeing this young man for over two years and he’s had a really rough time. He loves cars and I just wanted to do something special for him.”
Rebecca contacted the Barnstaple Lions Club, where a members wife contacted a former work colleague in Basingstoke who is a member of the charity Sporting Bears and fellow petrol head. Sporting bears contacted James Tucker, a supporter of the charity and resident of Lynton, who readily agreed to help by offering Jaiden a ride in his Ferrari or the Mclaren, Jaiden choose the Mclaren so James came along to the hospital on Tuesday April 27 with his McLaren MP4-12C sports car to give Jaidan the ride of a lifetime.
As he set off for the ride, Jaidan said: ““I’m feeling really excited, I’ve never been in a sports car. This is unbelievable. I’d like to say thank you so very much for this opportunity.”
Rebecca added: “It’s been a hard few years for him. I just wanted to give him something to look forward to and I know he is really into cars. Thank you to everyone for making this possible for Jaidan.”