A six-year-old girl from Barton Seagrave who was diagnosed with leukaemia had her Christmas wish come true when she visited Santa in Lapland.
Beatrice Greenham was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2013 and has since undergone several courses of chemotherapy to help fight the cancer.
Despite invasive therapies Beatrice, affectionately known as Bee Bee, is a brilliantly brave and bright little girl who loves playing dress up, being pampered and splashing around in a swimming pool.
Her favourite time of year is Christmas and she begins getting excited months before so when she was referred to Starlight, a national wish-granting charity for children and young people with serious and terminal illness, she knew exactly what she’d choose – to meet the real Father Christmas in Lapland.
Each year Starlight sends a group of families on a festive trip to Luosto, a traditional Finnish resort which offers a magical Lapland experience, and Beatrice and her family were able to join Starlight’s ninth annual trip in their quest to meet Santa.
With her mum Julie, dad Peter and sister Zara, she spent four days in Lapland where they enjoyed a breathtaking ride through the forest on a sleigh pulled by a team of huskies, rode on snowmobiles, met the reindeer and, of course, Santa himself and his elves.
The family drank warming cups of berry juice around the campfire, made snowmen, had snowball fights, went sledging and even saw the Northern Lights.
On their return, Julie said: “The trip was so magical and brought us back together as a family.
“We cannot thank Starlight enough for this truly incredible experience; the memories of us all laughing and playing together will last forever.
“Beatrice’s highlight was definitely meeting Santa and his special elves with her sister, Zara.”