Teenage dream comes true for Eden as Thetford police cadets escort her to prom

Eden King from Thetford was escorted to her school prom at Lynford Hall by the Thetford Police Cadet

Eden King from Thetford was escorted to her school prom at Lynford Hall by the Thetford Police Cadets. Courtesy of Sgt Mick Andrews. - Credit: Archant

It's a dream for many teenage girls to arrive at their prom in the flashiest vehicle at their disposal.

Eden King from Thetford was escorted to her school prom at Lynford Hall by the Thetford Police Cadet

Eden King from Thetford was escorted to her school prom at Lynford Hall by the Thetford Police Cadets. Courtesy of Sgt Mick Andrews. - Credit: Archant

But for Eden King, from Thetford, the dream was proving hard to realise – until the teenager got a generous offer from the local police cadets.

The 16-year-old suffers from congenital muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, putting hot rides such as Porsches and Ferraris out of the equation.

After a family friend visited Thetford police station to appeal for their help, the Thetford Academy student and her parents Rod and Catherine King were surprised by a visit from the town's police cadet leader Sgt Mike Andrew, who offered her a lift to the prom at Lynford Hall in a police van.

Mr King said the family had been 'very surprised' by the cadets' offer.

Eden King from Thetford was escorted to her school prom at Lynford Hall by the Thetford Police Cadet

Eden King from Thetford was escorted to her school prom at Lynford Hall by the Thetford Police Cadets. Pictured with her parents Rod and Catherine King. Courtesy of Rod King. - Credit: Archant


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'We had been trying for a while to get a wheelchair accessible vehicle for Eden.

'The police came round and asked her if she would like to be escorted to the prom and she jumped at the chance.

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'It was great of our friend to organise something like that for us and it was great of Mike Andrew to jump in with the cadets.

'It was the icing on the cake for her to have something like that at the event,' he said.

The Thetford police cadets came to the Kings' house on prom night, where friends and family were gathered, and presented her with flowers before they set off.

Sgt Andrew said: 'As we pulled into the driveway at Lynford Hall we put the lights and sirens on for her.

'I don't think anyone else has turned up in one so that was quite special.

'The family didn't know what we'd be able to do for them, but they were very grateful and we were very happy to help her. The cadets were chuffed to bits to do it.

'We wouldn't normally do something like this, but it is not a normal situation.'

As well as her special ride, another teenage dream came true for Eden as she was named Prom Queen.

After their help for her, the teenager, who will be studying at West Suffolk College from September, has also said she would like to join the police cadets.

Mr King said: 'The cadets were very keen for Eden to go along and the police said her wheelchair shouldn't be an obstacle. It gives her another string to her bow and lets her experience something else.'

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