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Sunday, December 15, 2013
A six-year-old boy had something special to celebrate at the East Coast Truckers’ annual children’s party at Hellesdon High School.
Each Christmas the charity treats youngsters and their families to a festive party with entertainment, music, food and drink, and presents.
The gifts were brought to the party in the famous ‘White freightliner’ truck used in the charity’s annual convoys taking children to Lowestoft’s Pleasurewood Hills.
Father Christmas was on board and the children had their photographs taken with him at Santa’s Grotto and were each given presents.
Six-year-old Stanley Davies, who has a rare neurological disorder, had already received his special present - a new wheelchair.
His mother Ann Davies said: “We have just moved to a bungalow in Dickleburgh and could not get his old wheelchair across the fields.
“This new all-terrain wheelchair means Stanley can now get out of the house. It has opened up a whole new outdoor world for him.”
Julian Richards, the charity’s chairman, said the annual Christmas party had been on the calendar for more than 20 years.
He said: “We had about 120 children at the party, from Norfolk and north Suffolk. Stanley’s parents had raised £300 towards his new wheelchair, and asked if we could match it. Instead, we paid the whole cost of the wheelchair, £600, and told them to use their £300 on something else.”
Another youngster enjoying herself at yesterday’s party was Kaychanel Willson, 10, from Norwich. Kaychanel, who has a condition that affects renal function, and is dependant on dialysis, said she was having a good time and mum Louise Wilson added: “She just had to come to the party, even though she’s not 100pc, and not her full dancing self. I would like to thank the truckers for everything they have done for us.”
The charity organises days out for children throughout the year, and is well-known for taking youngsters by truck convoy to Pleasurewood Hills every August.
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