Eight-year-old Maddie Shurmer from Swindon, Wiltshire recently had her dearest wish to meet the real Father Christmas in Lapland granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children and young people with serious and terminal illness.

Maddie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in October 2013. After undergoing chemotherapy, Maddie is now in the ‘maintenance phase’ in her recovery process. Maddie’s sisters, Florence and Willow, have played a big part in her recovery and are incredibly supportive and caring.

Maddie couldn’t believe it when she heard that Starlight would be making her wish for a festive family holiday to Lapland to play in the snow, go on a husky sleigh ride and meet Santa come true, she was so excited!

With her mum, Michelle, dad, Andrew and her sisters, Florence and Willow she spent a perfect four days in Lapland, where they enjoyed a breathtaking ride through the forest on a sleigh pulled by a team of huskies, rode on snowmobiles, met the reindeer and, of course, Mr. Claus and his elves.

The family drank warming cups of berry juice around the campfire, made snowmen, had snowball fights, went sledging and even saw the Northern Lights!

“The trip was a truly magical experience for the whole family. Maddie and her sisters were smiling from ear-to-ear when they met Santa and his elves and Maddie particularly enjoyed the husky ride! It was an unforgettable few days and we’re so grateful to Starlight for giving us so many wonderful memories to treasure.”

Michelle Shurmer


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Starlight Children’s Foundation Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 296058, Registered Company in England No. 2038895 at 227 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7AU

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