x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Boy hero, 16, is rewarded with holiday of a lifetime

A teenager who cared for dying members of his family while also looking after his siblings – as well as saving his neighbours from a fire – will receive a dream holiday to the Emirates.

ABU DHABI // A teenager who cared for dying members of his family while also looking after his siblings - as well as saving his neighbours from a fire - will receive a dream holiday to Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World.

Tyler Holpin, 16, will feature in a 90-minute television special, Noel's Christmas Presents, hosted by the UK television star Noel Edmonds and to be broadcast on the Sky1HD satellite channel.

Filming will start this week when Twofour Arabia, the television producers, which has new offices in the Twofour54 media free-zone, bring Tyler to the UAE.

Tyler looked after his mother and grandmother as they battled cancer, while caring for his younger brother and twin sisters. He also looked after his grandfather who recently died from emphysema.

Last year, Tyler risked his life to save five children trapped in a burning neighbouring house. He rescued them using a ladder and a garden hose pipe.

During his visit to the UAE, he will visit Ferrari World, which boasts the world's fastest roller coaster. The family will also spend some holiday time at Atlantis The Palm hotel in Dubai.

The series producer, Liz Foley, said: "A truly unique 16-year-old, this brave and inspirations young man is a credit to his family and the show."

 

sbhattacharya@thenational.ae