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LITTLE Oakley Smith had the time of his life when he was given a tour round a fire station as a treat for his bravery.

The four-year-old, of Scratchface Lane, has cerebral palsy and undergone a gruelling operation and intense physiotherapy to help him walk.

Oakley Smith and his family at Cosham fire station

Oakley Smith and his family at Cosham fire station

He has made progress since the £50,000 operation last year and has even taken independent steps.

On Saturday fireman Mark Norton, a family friend, invited Oakley, his twin brother Mykey, and mum Angie Mahon to Cosham firestation.

Angie said: ‘Oakley and Mykey absolutely loved it.

‘Mark is a friend of the family and knows Oakley really well and knows he is obsessed with fire engines.

‘The boys were given a tour of the station, they sat in the truck, and Oakley even had a go on the water hose. He absolutely loved it.’

Angie and Oakley’s dad Terry Smith have to meet the ongoing cost of physiotherapy and training.

And they are fundraising for a Total Gym so Oakley can work on his exercises at home.

Angie added: ‘We are desperate for a Total Gym for him by strengthening his legs. They cost between £400 and £500.’

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