Vincent has been learning to play the pipes with the Peterborough Highland Pipe Band since March 2015 and despite his health problems he is described as being a “very happy” boy
A boy suffering from life-threatening illness cystic fibrosis has a new lease of life thanks to a set of bagpipes.
Young Vincent Forkner has to undergo regular physiotherapy and take dailymedication to keep his illness under control.
The eight-year-old from Ramsey, Cambridge, suffers from the genetic condition, which affects the lungs by clogging them with mucus.
He discovered his passion for playing bagpipes after his mum said he became “obsessed” with all things Scottish.
Now, mum Victoria has revealed the youngster’s health has improved since taking up the instrument.
And his passion for the pipes was given a boost when he was presented with his own set by the charity Rays of Sunshine, which helps makes dreams come true for children with serious health problems.
Mum Victoria said: “We’re delighted that Rays of Sunshine was able to grant Vincent’s wish to own a full set of bagpipes.
“Ever since he started learning to play it has been a dream of his to own his own set that he can play with the band.
“He hasn’t stopped playing since he got them.”
The charity also helped Vincent fulfil another dream when he played his pipes at Peterborough Cathedral.
Victoria said: “He is just obsessed with Scotland and the bagpipes were not something we ever considered would benefit his health, but his breathing has improved since he has been playing.”
Vincent’s wish was made possible thanks to Rays of Sunshine’s partner, online travel agency, www.sunshine.co.uk which invites customers to donate to the charity when booking their holidays. To date, £3,363.92 has been raised.