Hundreds turn out for poorly Amelia

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A TERMINALLY ill tot’s dream came true as her Wigan home was transformed into a sparkling grotto for her third birthday.

Thanks to the generosity of the public, Amelia Morris’s house in Acacia Crescent, Beech Hill, is now covered in bright festive lights.

Amelia’s Lights appeal gathered pace after parents Whitney and Jonny asked for help in making what could be her last Christmas the best ever.

The youngster has Tay-Sachs Disease and doctors say she may only live a few months.

Over the last month, members of the public and businesses have helped to deliver presents and Christmas lights and decorations and the big switch-on took place last night, with hundreds of well-wishers and fund-raisers turning out to see the look on Amelia’s face.

North West firm Christmas Decorators and local electrician Craig Green put up the lights. Firefighters from Red Watch in Wigan had also offered to help.

Whitney, 21, said: “I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who has put the lights up, as it means we have more time with Amelia and her sister Emily, rather than struggling to put them up.

“Amelia loved the lights. Unfortunately she spent half her birthday asleep as she has a bad chest infection, but the lights cheered her up.

“It was amazing to see such a huge turn-out of support for her.”

The love for Amelia is far from over, though, as on Saturday, around 50 trucks, decorated with LED lights, organised by Logos 4 U, will drive from Lymm Services to DW Stadium, to meet Amelia and her family.

There will also be a host of children’s characters and gifts, with money raised being split between Amelia’s fund and Friends – an autism friends group in St Helens.

The following week, on Sunday December 6, riders from a scooter club are delivering presents to her house, as organised by rider Andy Smith, of Pemberton.

The meet will start from St Cuthberts Church, Sherwood Drive, Pemberton on at 2pm they will ride to Amelia’s home.

The church and Andy’s neighbours, in Kingwood Crescent, have also arranged a collection.

Tay-Sachs is a genetic disorder, which causes the deterioration of mental and physical abilities. Symptoms emerge from around six months of age and result in death by the age of five.

To help Amelia and The CATS Foundation - Cure & Action for Tay-Sachs, visit www.gofundme.com/yp6ubdqw