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Surrey Police dish out speeding fines..to 6 year olds!

Surrey Police birthday party

Published by Lucinda Horsley at 3:31pm 14th September 2018. (Updated at 3:52pm 14th September 2018)

Facepainting, magicians...clowns? All ideas that probably spring to mind for a 6-year-olds birthday party. 

But for Reigate boy George Woodall, who survived cancer, there was an entertainer with a difference to help him celebrate. 

Traffic Sergeant Geoff Longstaff from Surrey Police spent the day dishing out speeding fines to the party-goers - at a Hot Wheels themes party. 

Not his usual line of duty! 

But when parents Vicki and James Woodall wanted to give him a birthday to remember to help him forget the treatments he had endured over the last nine months, he couldn't refuse.

Geoff’s appearance turned out to be the highlight of the party, which George shared with best friend Josh and 30 of their school friends.

Surrey Police birthday party
Traffic Sergeant Geoff Longstaff wanted to give George a 6th birthday to remember.

George’s mum Vicki explained: “They were all thoroughly enjoying playing on Kiddi Karts with the icing on the cake being a visit from the local constabulary! With races and go-kart chases, the children’s faces were a picture when Sgt Longstaff walked in to give them all speeding fines.”

Geoff met the family last year when both he and George were undergoing cancer treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Geoff said: “As well as both going through our treatment at the same time, it turned out that we both come from Reigate and that George’s dad and I were at the same school at the same time. George was diagnosed with cancer when he was four and his story really touched a nerve with me. I just wanted to do anything I could to help.”

speeding fines kids Surrey Police
Geoff met the family last year when both he and George were undergoing cancer treatment.

Geoff attended the party in his own time and took along a birthday card signed by Surrey Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Gavin Stephens.

Speaking after the party, George’s mum said: “Sgt Longstaff’s visit makes you realise just how amazing and selfless people are. On his day off, having not that long ago been given the all clear from having cancer himself, this fantastic police officer spent the afternoon with us making the kids’ day.

"At one point you might have thought we were going for a Guinness World Records challenge to see how many of them you could fit in a police car but Sgt Longstaff took it all in his stride and all of the kids went home beaming with smiles.”

'No child should ever have to have life taken away from them'

Vicki and Woody are trying to make the best of their bad situation and, despite navigating George’s difficult cancer journey, supporting his older brother and trying to maintain some semblance of family life, they've pledged to raise £1,000,000 to help beat childhood cancer.

“Seeing all those young children with no hair and tubes coming out of them on our first visit to The Royal Marsden was truly heartbreaking.

Yet the thing that struck us the most was how many of those kids had a smile on their face.

It was then that we decided to set up ‘George and the Giant Pledge’, because no child should ever have to have their childhood taken from them in this terrible way."

George and the Giant Pledge.

 

 

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