Firefighters Make Marjorie's Dream Come True
Published by JeffMcM for Equity Housing Group in Communities and also in Housing
Adam, Dave and Marjorie
Two kind-hearted Stockport firefighters have helped to make a 92-year-old Equity customer’s dream come true.
Firefighters Dave Howell and Adam Smith met Marjorie Bushell on a routine Home Safety Check visit at her home in Jubilee Court, Reddish. They struck up a friendship after realising they all hailed from Liverpool.
After chatting about their shared roots, the firefighters took it upon themselves to take Marjorie out for the day to visit the Albert Dock and Marjorie’s brother Rob in Bootle and took a ride on a ferry across the Mersey.
Adam, originally from Norris Green and a firefighter for seven years, said: “After we discovered Marjorie was from Bootle we ended up having a long chat. She was telling us about the blitz and the overhead railway. Marjorie told us about how she wanted to see the docks one last time and would love to go back. As we were leaving, Dave said he had an idea and I knew exactly what he was thinking so we decided to take her out for the day.”
Dave, a firefighter for 22 years – serving first with Merseyside FRS and with GMFRS since 2000, said: “When we told her our idea she said it was like she’d won the pools. Its only 45 minutes away and it doesn’t take much time out of our lives. She loved it. Her face going across the Mersey was a picture.”
Adam and Dave are based at Whitehill Fire Station’s White Watch and the trio set off from Stockport at 9.45am on Wednesday, August 14 – one of White Watch’s days off. They visited the Albert Docks, went down to The Pier Head, took the ferry across the Mersey and they had fish and chips at the Pump House on the docks.
Marjorie said: “We had a great day and it meant a lot to me. I was absolutely spoiled and I enjoyed every minute. I hadn’t seen my brother in more than a year.”
Marjorie has promised that next time the trip is on her as Adam and Dave paid for everything for her.
Whitehill Station Manager Pete Lamb said: “This shows just what our firefighters are made of – our purpose is to protect and improve the quality of life for people in Greater Manchester and these two have taken that to a whole other level. When our crews go into people’s homes, they don’t just go in and do their job, they really care about people and think about what they as individuals can do to improve their lives.”