Four-year-old brain surgery boy takes the wheel at his own private car show courtesy of Absolute Vehicle Services
A four-year-old car enthusiast who is about to undergo brain surgery got the treat of his young life – an exclusive viewing of his favourite high-end motors.
James Nuttall, who turns five on Sunday (Jan 31), has a week of tests booked at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London to diagnose the condition which has led him to have several mini strokes.
With vital surgery looming, his mum Aimee, 32, and dad Iain, 44, were keen to give him a much-needed distraction and an early birthday present.
Aimee appealed on social media for someone to help realise James’s dream of riding in a Land Rover Defender, but wasn’t sure if this was possible during a pandemic.
Up stepped David Hutley, owner of Absolute Vehicle Services at Thorley Street, Bishop's Stortford, and Chapel Hill, Stansted, runner-up at the 2019 Indies community awards in the Business Personality of the Year category sponsored by Bishop's Stortford law firm Nockolds.
He arranged for a fleet of expensive cars for James to enjoy within the safety of his workshop, all sanitised and with only his family present.
In an extraordinary show of generosity, owners loaned David their cars. The result was literally hundreds of thousands of pounds' worth of high-end motors assembled at the garage.
They included an Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, BMW i8, Porsche, Mitsubishi Evo, a Hummer and James’s favourite, Defenders, as well as sports bikes and a 1960s bubble car loaned by David’s father, Jim.
The delighted youngster, who has suffered with ill health since being born 13 weeks prematurely – his twin Arthur sadly died at birth – declared David “the nicest man ever!”
The family, from Much Hadham, were overwhelmed by the gesture.
Aimee said: “Before we knew it, Dave had arranged for all these cars! James was super-excited. He fell in love with a little yellow motorbike, sat in the Aston Martin, which is one of his favourites, and, of course, the orange Defender.
“David gave him such a wonderful experience, not just for his birthday – it was a distraction that gave us all something to look forward to and to have some time to totally forget about what’s going on. It's shown me how many people love and care for James – even people we don’t know."
David’s wife, Kate, said: “Whilst we couldn’t safely arrange for him to go out for a drive, we could arrange for a private car show.
"We would like to give a special thanks to Gary Hallwood from Audio File, Steve Fisk from The Salon, Tim Richards at Diamond Dentures and to all the other owners for giving up their time to drop their cars down and entrust them to us.
"We were so touched and overwhelmed that everyone we called to ask to ‘borrow’ their car, not one person declined or hesitated. We’ve been blown away with their generosity.”