Christmas Street Light Treat for Doncaster youngster

Christmas has come early for five-year-old Ollie Brophy from Mexborough, Doncaster.

Having asked Father Christmas to see the inner workings of one of the thousands of street lights across the borough, the youngster who has autism was made up when Highways Operatives from Doncaster Council were only too happy to show both him and his father.

Dad John, explained; “I got in touch with the council wondering if it was at all possible for myself and Ollie to come and watch some lights being fixed and turned back on. I was delighted when they said that this was possible. I cannot stress how happy Ollie was, he was absolutely in his element.”

The Council brought the festive cheer by agreeing to have the street light outside Ollie’s house fitted with a small plaque in his name and performing a demonstration of repairs on a site visit.

They also have supplied an old lantern for the family to have as a unit which they can use for their son in the garden.

Cabinet member for Highways, Cllr Joe Blackham, said: “First and foremost we would like to wish Ollie and his family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

“We were thrilled at his interest in how street lights operate.

“We are so glad that we were able to put a smile on his face and hope he remembers it for years to come.”

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Ollie was supplied free of charge by Guardsman Ltd who have helped to accommodate his wishes and ensure his safety while on site.

Ollie helping with the street lights


  • Category: Transport, streets & parking
Last updated: 17 January 2020 17:54:58