17:11 Thursday 12 December 2013

Disney dream comes true for poorly Grace

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

A POORLY little girl from Burton has been granted her biggest wish, after she met Tinkerbell on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyworld.

Grace Mott received a kiss on the cheek from her fairy idol after spending time when her on her visit to the Magic Kingdom, which was organised through a charity children with life-limiting illnesses.

The 10-year-old, who was born with half a heart, also had the chance to meet other characters when she went on the trip with her mum and two sisters, as well as 24 other poorly children.

Her mum, Mandie, said: “It was amazing. It’s so hard to put into words the experiences of it all.

“When we told Tinkerbell Grace’s story she was in tears, and held up the queue to call her back and spend more time with her.

“Grace wouldn’t stop hugging her.

“I knew it was going to be a lovely holiday, but I have never experiences anything like it.”

Grace, of Empire Road, Winshill, and the other children were accompanied by a full team of medics who were on hand for any necessary treatment during the trip, which was organised by Caudwell Children.

The group stayed in the Give Kids the World village, which caters for children with illnesses. Activities were put on for the children every night.

Thankfully, Grace was unwell only once during the trip, when she became tired from the excitement of the week. She recovered after some sleep.

As well as her mum, Grace was also joined by her elder sister Charlotte and little sister Lilly.

Mrs Mott said they all made friends on the holiday, adding they would be friends for life.

The experience was made even more exciting for the family, as it so nearly did not happen. After Grace had been told she could go on the trip, Caudwell Children said it was facing a funding shortfall and it may not be able to go ahead.

But with months of fund-raising – with many efforts from the people of Burton – it was made possible.

Mrs Mott said: “I can’t thank everyone that donated money enough, and I can’t thank Caudwell Children enough.

“It’s an amazing charity. Without them, we would never have been on a holiday like this. It was the trip of a lifetime.”

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