BATTLING youngster Jake Roberts saw his dreams come true – with a helping hand from Jeremy Kyle and a top team from Hartlepool.
Five-year-old Jake has one of the rarest medical conditions in the world.
He has Nager Syndrome, which affects less than 80 people on the planet.
He was born with two holes in the heart and has an underdeveloped right arm, fingers and ears, a cleft palate and narrowing of his windpipe.
But brave Jake loves pirates and when the producers of ITV’s Jeremy Kyle Show set about planning a special Christmas treat for him, they turned to Hartlepool for help.
The town’s marina and the Hartlepool Borough Council-run Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience organised a fun-packed day for Jake, from Newcastle, and his mum Stephanie.
Complete with action-packed skirmishes by characters in full pirate costume, cruises around the marina and guided tours of Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, they have a whale of a time.
The day out will be featured on the Jeremy Kyle Show Five Days Of Christmas on ITV 1 on Thursday, at 9.25am.
Mum Stephanie said: “Jake is mad about pirates, so to spend a day with them was a dream come true.
“He had a wonderful time and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who made our visit so special.”
Hartlepool Marina director Allan Henderson said: “We pride ourselves on our ‘can do’ approach and our warm welcome for visitors. Nothing is too much trouble for us.
“We had a whale of a time being pirates and we are delighted that Jake and his mum had such a lovely day.”
Dominic McIntyre, operations manager at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, added: “Jake is a smashing young man and his bravery is a real example to us all.
“We were thrilled to be able to show him the sights and sounds of Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.”