Joshua’s wish comes true on Lapland trip
A FIVE-year-old had his ultimate Christmas dream come true thanks to a wish-granting charity for children suffering from serious and terminal illnesses.
Joshua Whitesman’s dearest wish was to meet the real Father Christmas and last week Starlight flew Joshua and his family and 12 other families to Lapland for a trip of a lifetime.
Joshua, from Ashford, was diagnosed with leukaemia in September 2006 and immediately started intense treatment for this very serious childhood cancer.
He has had chemotherapy every day for the past three years – including two blocks of intense chemotherapy, which have left him with severe nose bleeds, collapsed legs and an inability to eat.
Despite this he still remains positive and had been looking forward to his special Lapland visit for months.
Thanks to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Joshua, his mum and dad, sister Amber and the other families spent four days at the home of Father Christmas, staying in log cabins.
They enjoyed a forest reindeer sleigh ride and also met Santa in his grotto.
Joshua’s dad Toby said: “It was fantastic. The look on Joshua’s face when he saw Santa was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in my life.
“Everything was so memorable and magical, beyond all belief. We will never ever forget the trip.”
Despite a year of being in and out of hospital, Joshua is now back at school, his hair has grown and he is shortly due to finish his chemotherapy treatment.
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Joshua with his mum Philippa, sister Amber, eight, and dad Toby with Santa and one of his assistants