SANTA swapped his sleigh for a trike as he helped to delivery early Christmas presents for a terminally ill Wigan tot.
Members of Drunken Donkeys MCC and their family and friends from across the North West gathered at Martland Park’s Honda garage to give two-year-old Amelia Morris a night to remember.
In answer to her parents’ plea for to make what is potentially her last few months the best they can be, the group organised a big meet of motorbikes to deliver gifts to her Beech Hill home.
A trike ridden by Santa, with biker reindeer riders up front, collected Amelia and her mum Whitney,and they enjoyed a ride to the showroom where they were met with a heroes’ welcome as well as songs from Frozen’s Elsa.
Amelia’s dad Johnny and one-year-old sister Emily were chauffeur-driven in a sports car.
Whitney, 21, said: “It was overwhelming as there were so many people there giving presents. We have not seen Amelia like this for such a long while. She was smiling and getting excited by it all, which makes us 10 times more grateful.
“Thank-you is not enough for what they have done. It was inspirational - we could not thank every person enough, especially Gaz Shaw and Kath Marland who organised it.”
Amelia, who has Tay-Sach’s Disease, is not expected to live much beyond Christmas and her parents are hoping to raise enough money to decorate their house with festive lights and give her a Christmas to remember.
Since Whitney and Jonny set up the Amelia’s Lights appeal, donations and offers of support have come flooding in. Wigan Athletic also responded to the call to help Amelia last night and has offered to donate every under-18s £1 ticket entry for its Blackpool game on Tuesday to the appeal.
Whitney, Jonny, Amelia and her one-year-old sister Emily, will also attend the game as personal guests of chairman David Sharpe,
He said: “I read about Amelia’s story in the press and like everyone was moved by it.
“The family live less than a mile from the DW Stadium, so it seems the right thing to do to help someone in our local community who is undergoing such a tough time.
“It’s the least we can do.”
With prices at £5 for adults and £1 for under-18s, and kick off at 7.15pm, the club is hoping that families and younger fans come to support the team on its latest cup quest.
David said: “Hopefully, when the fans see that their money will be going to such a worthy cause, they will come along to support the team, but more importantly to support Amelia and her family. It’s the least we can do, hopefully we can the family the Christmas they deserve.”
Staff at The Crown, in Worthington, held a bonfire and fireworks display, raising £140. The CATS Foundation (Cure & Action for Tay-Sachs) has also been in touch with the family, providing care and support.
To make a donation to Amelia’s Lights visit www.gofundme.com/yp6ubdqw