Lapland Christmas wish for Abigail

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A little girl with an incurable disease was granted a Christmas to remember thanks to a trip to see Santa Claus in Lapland.

Abigail Cook, aged eight, from Warmsworth, enjoyed a whole host of festive fun thanks to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.

Abigail Cook, of Doncaster, and her family with Father Christmas

Abigail Cook, of Doncaster, and her family with Father Christmas

Abigail suffers from late infantile batten disease, which is a neurodegenerative disorder.

The terminal condition is very rare and over time will lead to the youngster losing her sight and mobility.

Abigail’s mum, Lindsey, said she wanted to thank the Starlight Foundation, adding: “Abigail found so much happiness on this trip.

“She met other children that she can be herself with, and it has given us so many precious memories.

“It was also an opportunity for us to meet other families going through similar experiences.”

Along with mum Lindsey, dad Martin and brother Oliver, aged 12, Abigail spent a perfect three days in Lapland, where they enjoyed a breathtaking ride through the forest on a sleigh pulled by a team of huskies, riding on snowmobiles and meeting the reindeer and, of course, Santa and his elves.

The trip was the latest on a list of things Abigail wants to achieve.