A little boy with a rare medical condition had a 9-9-fine day to remember, when he was given a special look around Alnwick fire station.
Alnwick tot Aidan Jackowiak Smith, aged three, has Cloves Syndrome, suffering with swelling to his face and body.
The Gazette and town-based MKM Building Supplies are currently running a campaign to help the youngster and his family transform their new house, to make it suitable for him to live there.
And last Friday, firefighters at Alnwick opened up the doors at the station for the brave youngster to have a special look around.
Aidan visited the base with his older brother Daniel Jackowiak, and cousins Noah and Jack Milligan.
His dad Karl Smith said: “They had a great time, they thoroughly enjoyed it.
“It was something different and the lads at the fire station were brilliant with them and we are very grateful that they opened it up specially.
“They showed them around the fire station and they had a little ride in the fire engine, going around the block.”
The Gazette and MKM launched the Aid For Aidan campaign at the start of July.
The DIY SOS-themed initiative was a rallying cry to the community to come forward and help renovate the Fire Station Cottages house.
The family, including Aidan’s mother Vikki Jackowiak, moved there from Shilbottle because their former home was not adequately suited for the youngster as he grows up.
Since we started the campaign just over two months ago, a large number of recruits have come forward, including members from Alnwick fire station, to lend their services towards transforming the property, both inside and out.
The back garden has been cleared, the house has been emptied and work is continuing apace, as the home begins to take shape. But there is still a way to go and anyone who is interested in helping should call James at the Gazette on 01665 602234 or Gordon Webster at MKM on 01665 606977.