How a young boy from Rugby made Lewis Hamilton’s day

Lewis Hamilton and Ethan Harrington
Lewis Hamilton and Ethan Harrington

CHAMPION Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton didn’t get everything he wished for on Sunday - but he did have the pleasure of meeting a brave Rugby boy.

Seven-year-old Ethan Harrington has a terminal condition that makes him dependent on a ventilator. He was admitted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in March with a brain tumour, and his arms and legs are paralysed.

And his courage evidently impressed Hamilton, who was delighted to meet Ethan at Silverstone on the day of the British Grand Prix. Hamilton, who won the world championship three years ago, finished fourth in the race.

The meeting was organised by the Starlight Foundation, Northamptonshire Police and staff at the circuit.

And Ethan’s dad, Matt, was full of praise for the people who made Ethan’s dream come true.

He: “Without the assistance of the police and the staff at Silverstone, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity would not have been possible. Both Ethan’s mum and I are extremely grateful.

“We would like to personally thank Inspector Ross and the entire police team that helped us this weekend, to make it such a pleasant and stress-free trip considering the circumstances.”

The Starlight Foundation grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children.