Seriously ill five-year-old has Christmas wish granted

PUBLISHED: 10:18 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:18 14 December 2015

Nathan Ancrum and his family with Father Christmas

Nathan Ancrum and his family with Father Christmas


Nathan Ancrum met Father Christmas in Lapland

A five-year-old boy from Bromley has had his Christmas wish granted by a national charity.

Nathan Ancrum was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in November 2012, and has since received chemotherapy and invasive lumbar punctures to help fight the cancer.

Nathan is due to finish his treatment in January 2016.

Earlier this year, Nathan was referred to Starlight Children’s Foundation, who aim to make children’s wishes come true.

So Nathan’s wish was to visit Lapland, Finland and meet Father Christmas himself.

Together with his family, mum Alison, dad Andrew and brother Duncan, they spent four days in Lapland.

Alison Ancrum said: “We cannot thank Starlight enough for such a wonderful treat for not only Nathan, but for all of us.

“It was so special to spend time together having fun as a family, something we haven’t been able to do much of over the last few years. “Nathan’s confidence really increased over the trip- he’s usually unstable on his feet but falling into soft snow helped him feel less worried about falling.

“It’s hard to pick a favourite moment, from feeding the reindeer to meeting Santa- the kids loved every minute, as did we! We really will cherish these memories forever!

Each year Starlight sends a group of families on a festive trip to Luosto, a traditional Finnish resort that offers a magical Lapland to celebrate the festive season.

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