Dishing out speeding fines to six-year-olds at a Hot Wheels themed birthday party is not in the normal line of duty for Traffic Sergeant Geoff Longstaff.
However, when he was asked to go along to the party by the family of six-year-old George, who wanted to give him a birthday to remember to help him forget the cancer treatments he had endured over the last nine months, he couldn’t refuse.
Geoff’s appearance turned out to be the highlight of the party, which George shared with best friend Josh and 30 of their school friends.
George’s mum Vicki explained: “They were all thoroughly enjoying playing on Kiddi Karts with the icing on the cake being a visit from the local constabulary! With races and go-kart chases, the children’s faces were a picture when Sgt Longstaff walked in to give them all speeding fines.”
Geoff met the family last year when both he and George were undergoing cancer treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Geoff said: “As well as both going through our treatment at the same time, it turned out that we both come from Reigate and that George’s dad and I were at the same school at the same time. George was diagnosed with cancer when he was four and his story really touched a nerve with me. I just wanted to do anything I could to help.”
Geoff attended the party in his own time and took along a birthday card signed by Surrey Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Gavin Stephens.
Speaking after the party, George’s mum said: “Sgt Longstaff’s visit makes you realise just how amazing and selfless people are. On his day off, having not that long ago been given the all clear from having cancer himself, this fantastic police officer spent the afternoon with us making the kids’ day. At one point you might have thought we were going for a Guinness World Records challenge to see how many of them you could fit in a police car but Sgt Longstaff took it all in his stride and all of the kids went home beaming with smiles.”
George’s family launched George and the Giant Pledge two years ago with the goal of raising £1 million for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. To donate to their cause, please go to https://giantpledge.com/team