Astronaut Chris Hadfield has reached out to an inspirational child with a love of space who stole the hearts of Late Late Toy Show viewers last night.
The Late Late Toy Show, hosted by Ryan Tubridy, is an annual Irish institution, with children from all over Ireland appearing on the Christmas edition of the long-running chat show to discuss the most coveted toys of the year.
The show went ahead without an audience on Friday night due to Covid-19 restrictions, but the star power was in no way reduced, as proved by Adam King.
The six-year-old from Co Cork warmed the hearts of viewers across Ireland, as he shared his dream to be a capsule communicator for NASA.
Adam has brittle bones and uses a wheelchair, and told Ryan that he loved space and wanted to be ‘CAPCOM in NASA, it’s captain in ground control’.
When asked if he would like to be an astronaut one day, Adam said: ‘I can’t be an astronaut because I have brittle bones.’
The child showed how great he would be at the job by leading a take off countdown for a rocket that Ryan got into in the studio.
Viewers were keen to make Adam’s dreams come true, and reached out to NASA and various organisations on Twitter, and just hours after the show, offers had started to roll in.
A tweet from the Irish Embassy in the USA read: ‘Per aspera ad Astra, Adam. Keep looking to the stars young man. In the meantime, we’ll reach out to our friends @NASA & see if they can’t help bring your dreams a little closer.’
Meanwhile, Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield tweeted: ‘Adam – I’ve been lucky enough to CAPCOM many spaceflights. We should talk space together. Take care, be good – Chris.’
Aeronautical engineer Dr Norah Patten also reached out, tweeting: ‘Adam, you’re a star… I would love to meet you sometime and hear all about your love of #space.’
Adam had viewers in tears as he came out on stage with his stuffed rabbit Bubby and a paper heart, which he used as a virtual hug as he can’t hug anyone because of Covid-19.
He expressed his love of a porter at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, John Doyle, who got him presents, but hadn’t seen him in months due to restrictions.
But in a heartwarming moment, John came out on stage, making Adam’s day.
John said: ‘Adam has such an infectious smile, that even the darkest planet out there would light up. Everybody he meets, he just brings the best out in them. He’s unbelievable.
‘He’s an absolute hero… I am actually humbled that Adam is my friend.’
Adam also called John his ‘hero’.
The Toy Show took on an added poignancy this year, as Ryan announced they would be ditching their usual viewer competition to start the Toy Show Appeal to raise money for children’s charities across Ireland.
The appeal raised a staggering €5 million (£4.4m) in just a few hours, and was inspired by guest Saoirse Ruane, an eight-year-old who had to have her leg amputated last year after developing a tumour.
Money had been raised for Saoirse’s prosthetic leg, but she and her family chose to donate the excess money to charity rather than keep it.
Ryan surprised Saoirse with a trip to Disney World next year when travel resumes.
Other heartwarming moments on the show included singer Michael being surprised during his performance of Giants by Dermot Kennedy by the man himself, who joined in for a socially distanced duet.
The Late Late Toy Show is available to stream internationally on the RTE Player.
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