Brave Sheffield youngster enjoys family trip to Legoland

Alyssa Shaw
Alyssa Shaw
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A brave Star Superkid with an incurable illness has enjoyed an exciting break at Legoland thanks to a charity appeal.

Alyssa Shaw, aged 10, from Stannington, was nominated by her mum Emily for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, run by Sheffield charity Help A Child Have A Chance and backed by The Star.

The youngster has Down’s Syndrome, as well as polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, which affects her mobility and causes pain in her joints.

Emily put her daughter’s name forward for the treat to enjoy when her condition was more stable, and said she had a ‘fantastic two days’ at Legoland in Windsor.

“It was a much-needed break,” said the mum, who also has two other children, Abigail, seven, and Andrew, two.

“With all of Alyssa’s hospital appointments it means we’re never together for that long so it was really lovely. We had such a wonderful time and we’d love to go back.”

Emily added: “We priced it up ourselves to see if we could treat the kids for their birthdays but there was no way we could afford it.

“We are so thankful to Help a Child Have a Chance for organising it.”

Despite having trouble walking, Alyssa - who recently won the bravery recognition prize at The Star’s annual Superkids awards - even managed to get her Legoland ‘driving licence’.

Since being nominated last year, Alyssa’s condition has improved, along with her walking, but she still needs regular tests and injections.

The festive campaign offered deserving children across the region the chance to receive a share of £10,000.

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