Amelia Christmas appeal gathering momentum

Amelia Morris, of Beech Hill, who has Tay-Sachs disease
Amelia Morris, of Beech Hill, who has Tay-Sachs disease

AN APPEAL to make a terminally ill Wigan tot’s last Christmas the best yet has received an overwhelmingly generous response.

Following an article in the Evening Post detailing Whitney and Jonny Morris’s pleas for festive lights and gifts for their two-year-old daughter Amelia, who has only months to live, readers have come forward to donate their time and items.

Amelia has Tay-Sachs disease – a rare inherited disorder that progressively destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord – and is not expected to last much longer after Christmas.

So Whitney and Jonny plan to decorate their Beech Hill into a grotto for Amelia, and her one-year-old sister, Emily.

So far, Martland Park-based Festive Lights have

invited the family to visit

their site to choose some lights and firefighters on red watch at Wigan Fire Service have volunteered to use their time and ladders to put the lights up.

Around 81 motorcyclists from Drunken Donkeys MCC will be taking part in a ride in Wigan, starting at Asda, in Robin Park, on the evening of November 4, and each will donate Christmas decorations and a wrapped gift for Amelia and Emily.

They will also hire a trike for a Santa sleigh to present the gifts to Amelia.

Organiser Gary Shaw said: “We have arranged for a collection of bikers from across the borough and North West to meet and ride to Amelia’s house.

“We have also acquired a trike that the rider has agreed to dress up as Santa and we are going to have a few bikers in front dressed as reindeers and take Amelia and her family for a little ride round town.

“Our ambition to give Amelia and her family a night they will never forget.”

Fund-raiser Diane Roberts, the mother of schoolgirl Jemma, of Whelley, who died last year of sepsis, has collected funds for a reindeer with lights.

Yvette Geary, of Marus Bridge, a self-employed personal trainer, is organising a present collection and working with a local business to gain donations.

She said: “I read the story and it really pulled at my heart strings. My 11-year-old son, Harvey, has also read the story and really wanted to help. He has been coming up with ideas to and wants to meet her so the present collection is ideal.”

Whitney, 22, said: “I want to thank everyone who has been getting involved for their generosity and doing this for us.”

If anyone wants to donate any items call Whitney on 01942 518422.