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Hope's stolen Christmas
Life has been tough for thirteen-year-old Hope since before she was even born. Doctors diagnosed duodenal atresia and Down’s syndrome before birth, and at six weeks old, Hope was admitted to intensive care with bronchiolitis.
In hospital, she contracted MRSA and septicaemia and almost died. After major heart surgery at four months old, Hope’s sedation drugs were so strong that she went through withdrawals. Mum Diane didn’t think Hope would ever be allowed home but, eventually, she was.
Although Hope is a happy child, her condition means that many of the childhood joys we take for granted simply aren’t possible for her.
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Hope’s Christmas wish
When Hope and her family turned to us, she wished to meet Santa and see the Christmas lights in London.
Our Wishgranter, Becky, immediately set to work creating a magical experience that will stay with Hope forever. From staying in one of London’s finest hotels to seeing the city’s Christmas lights from the London Eye, every detail was taken care of. Hope even opened Hamley’s toy shop by ringing the famous bell.
And of course, for someone who loves the festive season as much as Hope, meeting Santa was simply the icing on the Christmas cake!
“We could never have been able to do something like that for Hope ourselves. It was the happiest I’ve seen her in a long time.”
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