A young girl who lost her leg to a rare type of cancer is looking forward to a trip to the North Pole this Christmas after a Fylde coast charity stepped in to help.
Brave Alison Hayden, 10, is currently undergoing chemotherapy in a bid to prevent the disease returning after doctors amputated her left leg to remove a tumour.
After reading her story in The Gazette, charity boss David Lee got in touch with her mum Amanda and offered to help.
His charity, Day of Sunshine, based in St Annes, is arranging for the family to go on holiday next year once her treatment is over.
But in the meantime, he has also arranged for them to join the charity’s annual Search for Santa trip in December.
Mrs Hayden, of Lennox Gate, in South Shore, said: “I have told Alison and she is really excited about it – it has given her something to look forward to.
“It’s absolutely wonderful. My eldest daughter gets to come along as well and she’s looking forward to it too.”
The family has been in Manchester this week as Alison undergoes a second round of chemotherapy.
She had her leg amputated last month after doctors discovered a tumour growing and she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
Mrs Hayden, who is on carer’s leave from her job at the Department for Work and Pensions, added: “She is a bit miffed that her hair is going again but she is not doing too badly.”
Mr Lee said: “We have decided we are going to give them a special holiday next year when she has finished her chemo.
“We also do a yearly Search for Santa and on December 21 she is going to go to the North Pole.”
The news comes as the owners of a sweet shop that Alison and her 13-year-old sister, Rebecca, visit regularly revealed they have been inundated with prize donations for a raffle to raise money for the family.
Gilly Price, who runs Sweet N Sour, on Highfield Road, with husband Lenny, said: “We have got lots of raffle prizes – it has been great so far.”
Although Mrs Price is keeping the amount raised a closely guarded secret for now, she hopes to raise enough to buy a prosthetic leg for Alison, which is likely to cost thousands of pounds.
Tickets for the raffle are still available at Sweet N Sour Sweet Shop. The prize draw takes place at the store on November 7 at 2pm.
The Search for Santa trip takes place on December 21 and Day of Sunshine is still accepting nominations for other local youngsters struggling with illness or disability to be invited to go along. For details visit www.dayof-sunshine.com