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Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity fulfil Michael’s wish to be a steam train driver for the day.

A young boy from Bristol, had his greatest wish granted to be a steam driver for the day at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire, thanks to Rays of Sunshine (

14-year-old Michael, from Bristol, is currently living with Brain Tumours, after being diagnosed in March 2015. Due to his condition, Michael has needed various treatment, including surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy. He is also required to use a wheelchair as a result. Despite what he has been through, Michael has remained brave and positive throughout. He is a thrill-seeker and this was the inspiration for his greatest wish.

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To make his wish come true, Rays of Sunshine enlisted the help of Didcot Railway Centre, who organised a very special day for the 14-year-old. During his wish, Michael got to enjoy a guided tour of the Centre, including the workshops and signal boxes, with an experienced guide, as well as getting the chance of a lifetime driving and firing the locomotive and being guard of the train.

After his wish, Michael’s mother Sarah, commented:

“Thank you so much Rays of Sunshine and Didcot Railway Centre for granting Michael’s wish. It was a truly lovely day.”