ON Saturday morning, Grace Mott woke up to the best news she could have hoped for – she was told she is going on holiday to Disneyworld.
The nine-year-old from Winshill, who suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, has been waiting for this day for months, after the promised trip of a lifetime was put under threat by a £250,000 black hole.
But after months of fund-raising and work behind the scenes, she and her family will be able to join 24 other children to jet off to Florida at the beginning of December.
Grace’s mum Mandie received the good news on Saturday morning.
She said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic. It’s such a big weight lifted off my mind. It’s such a relief that it’s going ahead, especially as so many people have been fund-raising to try to help Grace and the other children. I can’t believe how many people have got involved. It’s been amazing. I just hope and pray she doesn’t get poorly.”
This will be the first time that Grace, who was named as a Burton Mail Child of Courage earlier in the year, has ever been abroad, as she has to remain within easy reach of a hospital in case she is ill.
However, as there will also be a team of doctors heading on this holiday, she and the other poorly children can be looked after if they are not well.
It will mean she can meet her idol, Tinkerbell, which she told her mum was the thing she wanted to do before she died.She will be joined on the trip by her mum, her elder sister Charlotte, 21, and little sister Lilly, who is five.
The whole family are excited about the trip, Mrs Mott said.