Baking idea for Plymouth stroke sufferer
A TEENAGER who was left with disabilities after suffering a stroke is hoping to use baking to help children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Seventeen-year-old Kostya Taylor, from Devonport, is launching his Bake-A-Wish scheme to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant more magical wishes to youngsters across the country.
Kostya, who had a stroke in February 2012, was granted his wish to have a "police experience" in April 2013.
The teenager and his mum Irina were given a tour of Scotland Yard and taken on a police boat down the Thames before heading off to Lewisham Police Station, where he met police dogs and horses, saw a police helicopter land, got to sit in police cars and on the motorcycles and was even given his very own uniform.
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But the icing on the cake for Kostya, who has always dreamed of becoming a policeman, was being given the opportunity to investigate a crime scene that had been specially created for him.
"After everything Kostya's wish was more than we could ever have expected," said Irina.
"It's difficult for Kostya to say which part was his favourite – he loved it all – but for me it was seeing him so happy. It was a truly amazing wish."
Kostya now wants to give back to Make-A-Wish by encouraging people in his local community to hold a cake bake at school, work or even for friends.
Katy Ashworth, who is supporting the campaign, said: "I helped to grant a wish to a little girl called Ella, in July, and saw first-hand just how magical a wish is for a poorly child and their family.
"Bake-A-Wish is such a simple initiative to get involved with, yet it'll make a huge difference to Make-A-Wish and help them to grant more wishes to children just like Ella and Kostya, so please sign up now and get baking!"
For more information about Bake-A-Wish visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk/bake/ or call 01276 40 50 80.