Sheffield girl’s trip is a special treat

Twelve days of Christmas recipient'Alyssa Shaw with Santa and his helper
Twelve days of Christmas recipient'Alyssa Shaw with Santa and his helper
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A disabled Sheffield girl who suffers from painful arthritis aged just 10 is set to go on an exciting trip thanks to the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, backed by The Star.

Alyssa Shaw, aged 10, from Stannington, has Down Syndrome and will need injections for the rest of her life to treat her condition, called Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

But the youngster is now looking forward to a two-night break with her family at Legoland in Windsor, plus spending money, all paid for by charity Help A Child Have A Chance.

Alyssa’s mum Emily said: “For the past six months she has been in a lot of pain and her mobility has suffered significantly.

“She has just started her treatment so it has been a hard few weeks of drips and injections, particularly as she hates needles. Sadly it is likely she will require weekly injections for the rest of her life.”

Emily and husband Simon also have two younger children, Abigail, seven, and Andrew, two.

“It would be nice to treat all my children, as it has been hard for Abigail and Andrew too,” said the mum.

“They have accompanied Alyssa to countless hospital appointments and have to understand that sometimes she needs that little bit more attention – which isn’t the easiest message to deliver to a two and seven-year-old.”

The Star has teamed up with Help A Child Have A Chance to offer young people the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.

Grants from the charity pot are offered to individuals aged up to 18, or groups, carers and educators who work with young people in need of funding.

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