Sassy Luton burns survivor Shamiam Arif is to continue as a VIP – very important passenger – thanks to First Capital Connect.
The rail operator has renewed her first class travel pass so the 11-year-old Challney Girls student and her mum Tahira can travel free to appointments at Great Ormond Street’s renowned children’s hospital.
FCC customer service director Keith Jipps said: “We’re delighted to be able to help this brave little girl and hope travelling with us first class will make her hospital appointments a little easier to bear and be one less worry for her mum.”
Mother-of-four Tahira said: “We’re so grateful – Shamiam often has three or four appointments a month and we would really struggle if we had to find the fare.”
Shamiam suffered devastating injuries as a baby when a candle fell into her cot. She is facing major surgery to insert a titanium plate in her head where the skull was burned down to the lining of her brain.
> You can donate to the cost of her treatment at United for the Needy (Shamiam Arif Appeal), 148 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 5JE.