A BRAVE five-year old girl who has undergone more than 30 operations in the past year has had her wish to visit Santa in Lapland granted.
Starlight Children’s Foundation organised the trip for Halle Miles from Bishop’s Waltham when it heard about her complex and serious illness.
Halle suffers from a bowel and kidney disorder which means she has to undertake a complicated daily routine to stay alive and has been on the operating table 32 times.
She was referred to the charity through her ongoing treatment at Southampton General Hospital.
Just days before the trip, Halle had to have another operation on her kidney which made it difficult to get her insured. Luckily, the charity managed to secure her place and Halle recovered enough to make the flight to Finland.
Halle went to Luotso with her dad Allen, 40, mum Nicola, 38, and younger brother Harvey, one.
The whole family experienced winter wonders such as husky rides, reindeer rides, skidoos, and the ultimate Lapland experience of meeting Santa Claus himself.
Allen said: ‘It was superb. We spent four lovely days in Lapland.
‘Halle thoroughly enjoyed herself. It was amazing. Truly magical.’
Allen said that Halle’s highlight was definitely meeting Santa Claus in his Lapland home.
The family were accompanied by another 10 families, all going through similar times, picked by the Starlight foundation.
Allen said: ‘Before the trip we had months of hardship, upset and tears. It came at what should have been a stressful time of year.
‘It gave us a lift for the whole family. We forgot about the hard days. I can’t speak highly enough of Starlight.’
Starlight Children’s Foundation is a national charity that believes that every child deserves a happy Christmas.
It aims to bring fun, laughter and distraction to poorly children and their families.
Allen said: ‘If people are going through the same kind of hardship with a sick child, I would encourage them to look at the Starlight foundation – it’s such a great charity.’
To find out more about Starlight Children’s Foundation visit starlight.org.uk.