Business digs deep for Amelia’s Christmas wish

Pictured with Amelia and her family are staff at Festive Lights - Bryony Hayburn, Tricia Short, Sharon Brown and Jo Dyer
Pictured with Amelia and her family are staff at Festive Lights - Bryony Hayburn, Tricia Short, Sharon Brown and Jo Dyer

A WIGAN company is helping to lighten up Amelia Morris’ life to make her last Christmas memorable.

After Amelia’s parents Whitney and Jonny launched an appeal for gifts and decorations to turn their Beech Hill home into a Santa’s grotto, Festive Lights, in nearby Martland Park, offered the two-year-old the chance to explore their showroom and choose lights to take home.

A spokesman for Festive Lights said: “When we read the story about Amelia, it touched everyone here and we knew we had to help, especially as Amelia likes lights and that is what we are all about. It was our duty.”

Meanwhile, the Wigan community is continuing to rally round for Amelia, who 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.

Scooter enthusiast Andy Smith has organised a big meet with other riders across the region at St Cuthbert’s Church, Pemberton, on December 6. Each member will take along a wrapped present for Amelia and her one-year-old sister, Emily.

St Cuthbert’s Church will organise a collection and Andrew’s neighbours in Kingwood Crescent, Pemberton as well as family and friends have made donations.

A big bikers’ ride already publicised in last week’s Evening Post for November 4 has proved so popular, the location has changed.

Members of Drunken Donkeys MCC from Lancashire, Stafford and Cheshire areas, supported by a number of volunteers, will now be meeting at Honda, Challenge Way, Martland Park.

Some will drive to Amelia’s house, and take her on a Santa ride to Honda for a fund-raising evening, with a tombola, auction and Elsa and Anna from Frozen.

The rest of her family will be driven in a sports car.

And there will be a bonfire fund-raiser at The Crown, in Worthington, on November 5, from 6.30pm.

Entry is free, with a donation bucket for Amelia. There will also be a raffle and auction.

Whitney, 21, said: “I did not expect the appeal to go the way it has.

“We really enjoyed going to Festive Lights and thank them, as Amelia loves lights,

“People have been sending Christmas lights, cards and presents and we have even had phone calls from people in Greece, Canada and America, as they have seen our appeal.

“It has spiralled out of control, as so many people have donated. Milliken Industrials has donated £50 and The Entertainer toy shop has given us a £25 voucher.

“The Wigan community has been so supportive. We cant say thank you enough. Amelia had to spend two nights in hospital as she had a bad chest infection, which was not going away. It was quite scary, but she now has to have canular antibiotics. We hope she will get over this soon.”

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