This was the magical moment a terminally ill tot’s dream came true as her home was transformed into a sparkling grotto.
Poorly Amelia Morris, three, was in awe as thousands of bright festive lights were switched on and she was presented with a mound of presents.
The tot suffers from Tay-Sachs disease, a rare genetic disorder that attacks the nervous system, and causes the deterioration of mental and physical abilities.
Her parents, Whitney and Jonny Morris, were dealt the devastating blow that this could be her last Christmas and decided to do everything they could to make it magical for Amelia.
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.”
Doctors told Amelia’s family she may only live for a few more months and so members of the public and businesses helped to deliver presents and Christmas lights and decorations to her home in Wigan, Gtr Mancs., before the big switch-on took place last night.
Hundreds of well-wishers and fund-raisers turning out to see the look on Amelia’s face, and more events have been planned in the run up to Christmas to make it extra special.
To help Amelia and The CATS Foundation – Cure and Action for Tay-Sachs – visit www.gofundme.com/yp6ubdqw