VIDEO: Ava couldn’t go to the farm so the farm came to Ava.


Two year old Ava Cottle is a very special little girl. Despite having terminal cancer Ava is a bundle of energy and is always smiling. One look at her happy face and you will smile instantly.

Ava has spent half of her young life in isolation. She is currently under going treatment at Great Ormond Street hospital and as a result has to shield at home. Her biggest wish was to see farm animals, especially a cow in real life.

Ava’s friends contacted the Havering Daily and together we began the hunt to see if anyone could transport a cow or calf down to Ava’s home in Dagenham to make Ava’s dream come true.

Thanks to many amazing people, we were able to make Ava’s wish come true.

Harvey and Daisy Jones from Beeches Farm in Battlesbridge came down with a beautiful cow for Ava to stroke. Emma from The Retreat Vegan Animal Sanctuary in Ashford bought down three beautiful rescue calves. Rob Brown and Clare Rowley bought Ruby the goat, along with a chicken and a bunny from Wellgate Community Farm in Collier Row.

A huge thank you to Inspector Neal Donohoe from East Roads Policing who contacted the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch in Bow who came down with two beautiful police horses for Ava to see.

In a socially distanced event, Ava was able to see and stroke many farm animals outside her home. As she can not walk, her mum Cherry held her in her arms so she could meet each animal in her front garden.

It was a day fully of happiness and having the chance to see Ava smile at all the animals warmed everyone’s heart.

Ava’s mum Cherry told the Havering Daily: “Thank you to everyone who made this happen today, I can’t believe it really.” With tears in her eyes, Cherry and her husband hugged two year old Ava who was still smiling at all the animals.

Friends came together to dress up as Ava’s favourite character Peppa Pig and all stood outside her house in farm costumes.

Councillor Darren Rodwell came to see Ava as well on this special day and offered the family his full support.

This truly was a special day for everyone. A day that Cherry and her family will always remember. Well done to everyone who took the time to come and support little Ava in making her dream come true.

Thank you to Harvey and Daisy, Emma, Rob and Clare and our heroes from the Met Police who always step up to the mark to come and support the community.

Despite the lock down, this was a day we will all remember, a day when the community came together to support Ava and her family.

Please see the go fund me page below if you would like to help little Ava.

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